Rivers' son pledges to Billy D.
Austin Rivers, the 15-year-old son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, has committed to the Florida Gator basketball team, the Orlando Sentinel reported today. Rivers, a 6-foot-3 rising sophomore guard at Winter Park High, averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists a game for a 28-2 team as a freshman. According to the Sentinel, he is the youngest player ever to commit to Florida coach Billy Donovan.
Doc Rivers (shown left, photo by Associated Press) coached the Orlando Magic from 1999-2004. He departed for Boston in 2004, but his children have continued to call Central Florida home.
Austin Rivers is thought to be among the top-rated players in the Class of 2011.
"He really knows how to play," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer told Gatorbait.net. "He's got a maturity level to his game that you don't see in a lot of college players. He's got the size and the skill to make all the plays and he's a true combo guard that excels at both the point and shooting guard positions. He's one of the best guards, if not the best guard, that I've seen in the 2011 class."