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Ignore Austin Rivers' attire, then

7/13/2010

A week ago, Luke Winn met up with Austin Rivers -- the No. 2 player in the class of 2011 -- at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Rivers excelled alongside 2010 Duke point guard recruit Kyrie Irving in Team USA's gold-medal performance, and when Rivers left the locker room with his medal around his neck, he was wearing what seemed to be a particularly telling outfit: a Duke 2009-10 national champions T-shirt and a pair of official Duke shorts. At the risk of reading too much into sartorial flair, it certainly looked like Rivers was leaning toward Duke. It would be difficult to assume otherwise.

But according to Rivers' father, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, the attire doesn't say anything. That's just Austin being Austin. From Adam Zagoria:

Asked if that meant it was a done deal for Austin to Duke, Doc said, “It really doesn’t. He wears stuff all the time. He had a UCF shirt on yesterday so you just never know. They [Duke] are in it, there’s no doubt about it. And so is Florida though and probably a couple other schools. I just don’t think he knows right now.

"I thought there was a time when he was sure and now he’s not. Hell, I even ask him and he literally says, ‘I have no idea right now’ and that’s good.”

Important perspective. The only problem? Doc might not realize it, but he just inadvertently made Central Florida fans collectively experience a massive freak-out. So you're telling me there's a chance? Woo! Maybe it's just best to wait until Rivers tells everyone where he's going. T-shirt analysis seems far less reliable.