Rivers Down To Three, Has Two Visits Set

One of the nation's top recruits -- Austin Rivers -- is figuring things out. He has his list to three schools, he's set up a pair of official visits and is looking to decide before his season.

Austin Rivers is starting to figure out his recruitment.

A number of schools tried to get involved, but the 6-foot-3 shooting guard is now down to a trio of schools.

"It's been kind of hectic," he said of the recruiting process. "I have my three schools. It's Kansas, North Carolina and Duke. Those are the three schools I'm going with right now."

"I'm planning to visit all three of them," he added. "Some of them I'll go alone and some I'll go with my family."

Thus far Rivers, a five-star prospect out of Winter Park (Fla.) High, has a trip to North Carolina set for October 1st. He also plans to go to Duke the weekend of October 15th. He hasn't set a date for Kansas yet.

On Tuesday he had his first in-home visit. North Carolina was up first.

"I had Roy Williams in yesterday, Kansas is coming down Saturday and Duke is coming Tuesday," he said.

"Basically those are the three schools that I really like," Rivers said. "I like their style of play, their success and that they win and they get guys to the next level."

Duke was one of the first programs involved once he decommitted from Florida and he's already taken a few unofficial trips to Durham (N.C.).

"Basically I just got to thinking about the schools that I like and the schools that I want to go to," he said. "I just like [Duke] a lot. I just could see myself playing there and in that system."

With North Carolina he said their fast paced style sticks out the most to him.

"I just like the way they play and the way they get up and down and play fast paced," Rivers said. "They play man to man defense and they like to score. All of their players usually succeed and they always come out better and they win there."

Kansas is the final school on his list, and he said style of play was important with them as well.

"It's the same thing," he said when asked about Kansas. "I like the style of play. They all three have the same reasons and I like how they play. I could see myself playing there too."

With his list narrowed to three and two of his three visits set up, Rivers has set a time frame for making his college choice.

"I'd like to get it done before the season starts," he said. "That's my goal right now."

So does anyone stick out at this point?

"It is all equal," Rivers said. "I don't know where I want to go yet."


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