Austin Rivers earns national honor
Rivers, a 6-foot-4, 189-pound guard led Winter Park (Fla.) High School to a 28-5 season that culminated in a second consecutive Florida Class 6A title. Rivers notched 25 points and 11 rebounds in the state championship game, a 52-44 victory over Dr. Phillips. Rivers, who's set to play at Duke University in the fall, is ranked as the No. 1 overall men's high school basketball prospect by ESPN.
"Being named the Naismith Player of the Year is a tremendous honor, especially considering only one person each year earns this prestigious award," Doc Rivers said in a release. "As a parent, I am extremely proud of Austin and as a coach, I'm impressed with how hard he works each day on becoming a better player. Our family is full of pride that Austin is receiving such a remarkable accolade and will be noted with this amazing distinction in basketball history."
Rivers will be honored at the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Naismith Awards banquet on March 21 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
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