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."
``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.