Austin Rivers was pretty clear on his desire to get to the NBA as quickly as possible, and we hope that despite his early struggles he becomes a great NBA player. At this point, though, he is clearly struggling. His press hasn't been overly flattering lately as the links below will attest.
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Still, there's no question about his fundamental talent. He's got a remarkable first step and when he gets going he can be a dominant player.
But he was erratic at Duke and continues to be. He'll need to put in some long hours over the summer to reach his considerable potential. Flawed though it may be, there's still no better developmental system for professional ballplayers than the college game.