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Freshman Austin Rivers, Duke's leading scorer this season, will forgo his final three years of college eligibility, sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft, CBSSports.com reported Friday. The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers averaged 15.5 points per game and was the lone Duke guard consistently able to get to the rim off the dribble.

Early draft projections have Rivers being available when the Celtics draft, but I highly doubt he won't leap up as the draft nears. Some GM's already have Rivers as a top 6 pick. Rivers can create his own shot and has a great first step. He'll make an excellent pro, if not next year then very soon. The Celtics will have to trade up to get Rivers. I'd be all for doing it. Obviously Rivers wouldn't be able to wear #25 as pictured, but #0 is actually one of the few numbers not retired. My guess is if the Celtics got Rivers, Avery Bradley would be traded, so Rivers won't have to pay Avery for the number.

Also see: Austin Rivers listed 14th on NBA's top 30 draft prospects

JR 3/23/2012 01:36:00 PM Edit
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