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Duke Basketball:  Why Losing Austin Rivers Isn't a Bad Thing for the Blue Devils
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Bye bye, Austin Rivers. We hardly knew ye.

The speculation of whether or not the star freshman Duke guard would go pro early ended rather early in the process with news that Rivers is hiring an agent and declaring for this summer’s NBA Draft after just a season in Durham, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com.

Hardcore Duke fans may find this news pretty devastating, and in a way, it is. In his first and only season under coach Mike Krzyzewski, Rivers led the Blue Devils in scoring (15.4 PPG) en route to claiming ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

In a nutshell, Rivers was by far Duke’s best offensive player and arguably the only player on the roster capable of creating his own shot. Despite this, Rivers’ departure from Durham isn’t as devastating as some might think.

I’m not going to go as far as to say that Rivers leaving Duke is good for Coach K and company. It’s never a good thing to lose a talented player like Rivers after just a year.

However, four reasons come to mind as to why this isn’t that big of a loss for Duke.

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