2012 NBA Draft: Projecting Austin Rivers’ Skills as a Pro Prospect

June 2nd, 2012 by Josh Backman Leave a reply »
Scouts are very skeptical of Austin Rivers, the barely-6'4" guard from Duke University. He has the potential to be a star in the NBA, but also has the possibility to be booed out of the league.

Rivers has an abundance of attributes that will allow him to succeed at the professional level, but there are many question marks that leave teams unsure if he is a fit for their organization.



Since being a 20-point per game scorer as a 15-year-old sophomore at Winter Park High School, Rivers has had the spotlight on him. He arrived to Durham, North Carolina last season as the third-best high school player in the country, according to ESPN100.

His ability to play under pressure at an elite level has been demonstrated when he nailed a game-winner against arch-rival North Carolina.

Rivers visually looks comfortable playing against difficult opponents. His style of play explains why he is able to perform well against elite teams. He is extremely aggressive and has a first step that enables him to beat defenders to the hoop where he is an excellent finisher.

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