Rivers needs to raise his game in NBA

Updated: March 23, 2012, 3:26 PM ET
By Chad Ford

On Friday, news leaked that Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers was declaring for the draft and signing with an agent. For the most part, the response has been a collective groan.

Rivers has had as much collective scrutiny this year as anyone in the draft, and the spotlight has been harsh.

He came into his freshman season at Duke with as much hype as any diaper dandy. The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Austin had a reputation as a lethal scorer who could play both positions in the backcourt. While NBA scouts had reservations due to a lack of size for his position and a lack of elite athletic ability, most thought he'd be a one-and-done player. We had him ranked No. 8 on our Big Board in July.

Once he started playing, the good and the bad were apparent for everyone to see. For the most part, scouts focused on the bad.