Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL), the No. 1 player in the Class of 2011 according to the ESPNU 100, has officially committed to the Duke Blue Devils.
Rivers chose Duke over many other teams, including North Carolina and Kansas.
“He picked Duke because of [Krzyzewski] and his staff,” Rivers high school coach David Bailey told ESPN. “There is a ton of tradition at Duke, and it was the best place for him from a basketball and academic standpoint,” Bailey said.
The timing of the commitment came as a surprise to many fans and experts, as Rivers had a visit set up to rival North Carolina. However, many expected this would be the college of his choice after he de-committed from Florida University.
Rivers joins fellow ESPNU 100 shooting guard Mike Gbinije as commitments for Coach K and the Blue Devils, and more will come in the future.
It looks like Duke will now challenge the Kentucky Wildcats for the top-ranked spot in the 2011 recruiting class.
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