Duke’s Austin Rivers has great guidance for NBA transition (Video)

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As you obviously know, former Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers is the son of former NBA point guard and current Boston Celtics coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers. As such, Austin will be better prepared for the transition to the NBA life than other league prospects. As you might expect, the topic of his Dad came up quite a bit at the combine

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to the Duke star about getting a little help and advice from his famous NBA father.

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2012 NBA Draft early entries list

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The deadline for underclassmen college basketball players to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft has passed.  Here is the latest list of early entries with Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin entering the draft at the last minute.  Check out our 2012 NBA Mock Draft and click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.

UPDATED: 4/30/12 12:40 PM
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NBA Draft Stock Report: McDonald’s All-American Game Edition

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Am I really doing a NBA Draft Stock Report on kids that have not even graduated from high school and will not be eligible for the draft for another year? Yup.

The McDonald’s All-American Game is like the Super Bowl for high school basketball players with NBA scouts flooding the United Center to get a look at some of the potential top prospects for the 2012 NBA Draft.  Even though it is a lot like the NBA All-Star Game– nothing more than a glorified pick-up game where defense is usually non-existent, it’s still a great venue to see how some of the top recruits stack up against equally talented players.

Besides, when I went to the 2008 game in Milwaukee, I fell love with Tyreke Evans’ game and started praising his pro potential.  And well, that turned out okay didn’t it?  Here are some players who really stood out and should be top prospects in the 2012 draft.

By: David Kay
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The Influence of Doc Rivers on his son and Super Recruit Austin

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Last night, Duke super-recruit Austin Rivers, the number one overall prospect in the class of 2011, rocked the McDonald’s All-American Game skills competition known as Powerade Jam Fest. What event elicited the loudest roar from the crowd at the Chicago State Convocation Center? Austin revealing his warm-up to display his father’s old school Atlanta Hawks #25 jersey while competing in the dunk competition.

The gesture signified how close the father-son duo truly is.

“We have a normal father-son relationship, I go to him for the same things that a kid would go to his father,” Austin said about his Dad Glenn “Doc” Rivers.

“But when it comes to basketball, I do go to him a lot because he knows the game well. He does coach me at times, but he never forces me or pushes me.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Meet the Nation’s #1 Recruit: Austin Rivers, Duke Blue Devils

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Wednesday night, the McDonald’s All-American game hits Chicago, and with it a showcase of the greatest high school talent in the country. Which means you’ll also see the best freshmen in next year’s college basketball season on display; as well as a few lottery picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.

And there’s no bigger name than Austin Rivers, a Duke Blue Devils commit that who has taken home the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year Award and the Parade Magazine POY. Rivers talked about why he choose Duke.

“I just looked at a school that fit in with my style of play, and I developed a great relationship with Coach K.,” Rivers said. ”

And I could see myself getting better as a person and a player.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Bulls Take Over 1st in East, Celtics Doc Rivers Shows Great Respect

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It was a day of mixed results for Glenn “Doc” Rivers, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. The Chicago native returned home to be with (and congratulate) his son Austin Rivers, as he was named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award today for his accomplishments on and off the court. He is after all, the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation (headed to Duke).

Obviously, that’s the highlight of his day. Here’s the bad.

With the Chicago Bulls (48-18) win over the Washington Wizards, his Boston Celtics (47-18) are now currently seeded #2 in the NBA‘s Eastern Conference.

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke Recruit Austin Rivers Takes Home National Player of the Year Award

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Austin Rivers, the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation (headed to Duke) was named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award today for his accomplishments on and off the court.

Rivers, the 6-3, 200 lb. prep star from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla. has been selected as first-team All-State since his freshman year. Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics coach and 1980 McDonald’s All American Glenn “Doc” Rivers. The pair represents only the second father/son duo in the event’s history behind Milt Wagner (1981) and son Dajuan Wagner (2001). “Doc” Rivers, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics, currently seeded #2 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, made the trip to Chicago today to surprise and congratulate his son at the official press conference.

Rivers became the fifteenth winner of the annual male Morgan Wootten Award. Previous winners include Harrison Barnes (2010), Kevin Love (2007), Dwight Howard (2004), LeBron James (2003), Jason Williams (1999) and the award’s first recipient Shane Battier (1997). Rivers beat out finalists Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter School – Chicago, Ill.), Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick High School – Elizabeth, N.J.) and James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian – Norfolk, Va.).

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Three Duke Blue Devils Recruits Make McDonald’s All-American Team

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Yesterday the McDonald’s All-American team was announced, and four schools landed two recruits on the roster. Only two schools- Kentucky and Duke- landed three recruits into the game.

Yes indeed, the rich of college basketball are getting richer.

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Kentucky Wildcats Lead the Way with Three McDonald’s All-American Recruits

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McDonald’s® unveiled the official rosters for the 34th annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 10th annual Girls Game during its annual selection show today on ESPNU. The Games will be played on March 30 at the famed United Center in Chicago, Ill.

5 schools (Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse and Ohio State) boast two All-Americans, but Kentucky leads the way as the only University to land three.

They are:

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Roster for McDonald’s All-American Games is Announced

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McDonald’s® unveiled the official rosters for the 34th annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 10th annual Girls Game during its annual selection show today on ESPNU. The Games will be played on March 30 at the famed United Center in Chicago, Ill.

The full rosters are available at www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com. Boys roster follows below.

Four schools (North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse and Ohio State) boast two All-Americans, Kentucky leads the way as the only University to land four. Duke landed three.

The 2011 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features consensus No. 1 prospect Austin Rivers (Winter Park High School – Winter Park, Fla.), son of 1980 McDonald’s All American “Doc” Rivers.

The pair represents only the second father/son duo in the event’s history behind Milt Wagner (1981) and son Dajuan Wagner (2001). Chicagoland Boys selections include Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter School), Wayne
Blackshear (Morgan Park High School) and Branden Dawson (Lew Wallace High School – Gary, Ind.).

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Duke Blue Devils Unveil #2 Ranked Recruiting Class

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Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski who’s not just a basketball coach but a leader who happens to coach college basketball announced Tuesday the signing of Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije [Ben-ih-jhay], Marshall Plumlee and Austin Rivers to national letters of intent. Duke’s recruiting class is ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com.The team itself is currently ranked #1 in both polls

“We are extremely excited about this recruiting class,” said Krzyzewski. “In addition to being outstanding talents on the court, all four members of the class are outstanding young men and terrific students. Quinn, Michael, Marshall and Austin are each students of the game with high basketball IQs and well-rounded skill sets. They each have a bright future in our program and we look forward to watching them develop on and off the court.”

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