Basketball fans in Northwest Arkansas will get a chance this weekend to see just how far Little Rock Hall basketball standout David Rivers has progressed.
Rivers (6-6, 170) and the rest of the highly-publicized Arkansas Wings 17-and-under AAU squad will play an exhibition against the Arkansas Elite Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Fayetteville High.
It's final of four match-ups – dubbed the Northwest Arkansas Showcase - between the Central Arkansas based-Wings and teams featuring stars from Northwest Arkansas.
"We had about 1,600 fans when we had an exhibition at Jonesboro back earlier this spring and are hoping for that same type of crowd in Fayetteville," Wings coach Ron Crawford said. "We wanted to give the fans in Northwest Arkansas a chance to see these guys that so many people are talking about."
While teammates Aaron Ross, Hunter Mickelson and Rashad Madden all have offers from the University of Arkansas, Rivers has grabbed his own spotlight and offers recently.
UAB, Colorado, Nebraska, Baylor, Virginia Tech and Wichita State have all put offers on the table per Rivers.
"It feels pretty good to finally get some offers, but I don't feel like I have accomplished anything yet," Rivers said. "I just got to keep working hard and see what happens and see what else comes my way."
There are no doubt several University of Arkansas fans that were on hand at the Real Deal in the Rock a couple of weeks ago who thought it was time for the Razorbacks to give Rivers an offer.
He took center stage by scoring a team-high 24 points in helping to lead the Arkansas Wings to a 117-107 win over the Compton Magic in the event's first game.
"I have always liked Arkansas and I hope they do offer," Rivers said. "But if they don't offer me, it's okay and I'll just go play somewhere else."
Rivers thinks his all-around game is getting more developed every day.
"I think I am getting quicker and shooting my shot better," Rivers said. "That's why I have been trying to shoot more in my games and I'm scoring more."
Rivers joins a starting line-up that includes UA commit Ross, Mickelson, Madden and Darion Griswold.
"We really have a lot of talent and are just going to keep getting better as the season goes along," Rivers said. "I think we are going to have a great AAU season."
Action will get started at 1:30 p.m. with a 7th grade match-up between the NWA Wings and Arkansas Hawks.
An 8th grade contest featuring the Arkansas Wings and the Fort Smith Tigers will happen at 3 p.m.
There will also be a 4:30 p.m. game featuring the 16-and-under Arkansas Wings playing the 16-and-under Arkansas Elite.
Some of the top names on that Wings squad include 6-5 West Memphis star Jalen Jackson and 6-3 Sylvan Hills standout Archie Goodwin.
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