Austin Rivers Diary: Championship Week & Big Decisions
Words. Austin Rivers
Although just a junior, Winter Park (Fla.) point guard Austin Rivers is the 5th-rated prospect in the HSH Top 50. He’s been verbally committed to Florida for over a year, but this fall, Rivers decided to open things up and let Duke recruit him as well, making his one of the most captivating recruiting stories in the country.
The younger son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and younger brother of Indiana University PG Jeremiah Rivers, Austin has agreed to give HSH exclusive access by chronicling his thoughts in this regular diary where he’ll keep everyone updated on everything from his personal life to his high school season to his thoughts on Duke and Florida.
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What’s up world! Sorry for the delay, but it’s been hectic with all of the state tournament stuff. But I do have good news — we won!
We just won it recently. We beat Dr. Phillips (76-57), a pretty decent team. They were a lot smaller than us, but they were pretty scrappy.
We just put it on ‘em in the second half. We were only up two in the first half, then everybody started stepping up. This was the first state title in our school’s history, so it felt great. It’s a relief because I think it’s important to win and not just to be a good player, ya know?
That’s what makes great players great. You can’t just be a great scorer, a great passer, a great rebounder … That’s not what I wanted to be in high school. I want to be a great player, and the only way to do that is to win. So to win the state title was REALLY big for me.
It’s crazy down here. Everyone is really excited about us winning. We might be doing a parade. We may be doing something with the Governor. Man it’s all gonna be crazy!
Now the season is over and this is actually the best time of the year because you get to work on your game and kind of relax before the AAU season kicks off.
The other thing that I’ve got to start thinking about more seriously is what college I’ll be going to. It’s a very hard decision. Of course you guys know that it’s between Duke and Florida. I’m gonna get things going with my AAU team and by the time school starts next year, I’ll be solidly committed to a school.
I plan on taking an official visit to Florida first, and then Duke this summer for sure. Like I said, it’s gonna be tough to decide between those two quality schools.
I definitely keep in touch with Coach (Billy) Donovan and Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski regularly. I talked to Coach Donovan a few days ago. Actually, Coach K called me after I won my state title, but I missed the call. I need to call him back now that I think about it. I’m gonna do that … But I thought that was really cool because he had just got finished smashing North Carolina and he took out the time to call me.
That’s the only reason I wasn’t there for the Duke/UNC game, by the way: That game was the same night as our state title game. It looks like it worked out good for both of us, but I wish I could’ve been there. I ended up missing the game altogether.
For now, I’m really ready for the AAU season. We’re gonna be straight! We’ve got Trevor Lacey playing with us, Darius Perkins… We’ve got a 7-footer. Yeah, we’re gonna be straight! We’re going to the Boo Williams tournament first, then we’re headed to the Nike Memorial tournament. I’m also doing the Junior Olympics this spring in San Antonio. So I’ll probably be busy all throughout the summer and the spring.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Check back later for my next entry. Until next time…