Duke’s Rivers declares for NBA draft
Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers is leaving school to enter the NBA draft.
Rivers, who spent the weekend weighing his options, said he plans on hiring an agent Monday.
“Duke has prepared me for the challenges that are ahead both on and off the court,” Rivers said in a statement. “I have learned so much from the coaching staff and my teammates that will help me succeed at the next level.”
Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, averaged a team-best 15.5 points and was selected the ACC rookie of the year. He is just the third Duke freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring.
Rivers’ most memorable moment came when he nailed a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer in Duke’s 85-84 win over rival North Carolina in February.
Rivers is expected to be a high first-round pick in the draft.