In what comes as no surprise, Duke’s freshman phenom, Austin Rivers will leave school early and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. The news was announced today on Duke’s website. The one-and-done product will be the second Blue Devil in the last two years to leave the school after just one year of college ball, joining Kyrie Irving. If Irving is any indication, then the future is bright for Rivers. Irving played in only 11 games at Duke due to a toe injury, but is now averaging 19 points/game for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, had a fantastic freshman campaign, averaging 15.5 points/game, which lead all Blue Devils this season. The highlight of the season came when Rivers sank a three pointer as time expired to knock off North Carolina and end the Tar Heels’ 31-game home winning streak. Although Duke was knocked out in their first game of the NCAA Tournament by 15-seed Lehigh, NBA scouts, executives and coaches will be drooling over the prospect of adding this young talent to their rosters. The 2012 NBA Draft on June 28th will allow us to see where Rivers will be taking his talents.