Rivers Starting to Flow

It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Jeremiah Rivers. The son of NBA coach Doc Rivers has battled injuries all year long and is looking to get healthy for the stretch drive.

To say it's been a trying season for Jeremiah Rivers would be a major understatement.

The Winter Park (Fla.) 6-3, 180-pound junior has missed about one-third of the year with assorted injuries.

Rivers, the son of former NBA player and current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, suffered a broken wrist prior to the start of the season in an open gym and was out of action for about two months.

He came back for the season-opener, but wasn't 100 percent. Then he sprained his ankle and missed about 10 days. After coming back from that injury, he was poked in the eye and had to watch two more games from the sidelines. The most recent injury, back spasms, forced him to play sparingly during Wednesday night's 64-50 loss to West Orange.

``It's been tough, worse than I imagined it could have been," Rivers said. "But everything happens for a reason and I'll be fine."

Despite all of Rivers' injuries, Winter Park is still 11-6.

After the conclusion of the high school season, Rivers will try to establish himself as one of the top point guards in the Class of 2006. Last season he was more of a role player for Tom Topping's Nike Team Florida squad; This season he'll be counted upon for leadership and will also run the team from the point guard position.

Rivers said he's basically got five schools that have separated themselves: Florida, which has already offered a scholarship, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

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