K.C. Rivers Pulls Trigger for ACC

K.C. Rivers got all the exposure he needed while at Oak Hill this past season, so the senior shooting guard opted to pull the trigger for one ACC program on Tuesday.

July exposure wasn't all that important to K.C. Rivers. He got plenty of it this past season while at Oak Hill Academy (Va.).

That's why the 6-4 ½, 210-pound senior shooting guard opted to commit to Clemson on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after taking an unofficial visit to the school.

``I wanted to go to the ACC and it's an opportunity to play for a great coach in a great league," Rivers said. "I wanted to get it over with and get it done so I didn't have to worry about it in July and during the school year."

Rivers, a North Carolina native who made the switch to Oak Hill prior to last season, will play two hours from home. He chose Oliver Purnell's Tigers over Tennessee, Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

``It wasn't really one thing that I can point to," said Rivers, who averaged 11 points at Oak Hill this past season. "When I got there, I just felt it was something I wanted to be a part of. I see the program going to a higher level." ``Meeting Coach Purnell was the key, along with (assistant coach) Kevin Nickelberry," he added. "They are great guys and I want to play for coaches like that. It's a small school and I'm a small-school guy."

Rivers, who set an Oak Hill record this past season with 15 three-pointers in a single game, joins Julius Powell as Clemson pledges from the Class of 2005.

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