As the All-Star games come to a completion and the class of 2006 begins to take center stage in the recruiting world we are going to be hearing about a lot of new people. One guard looking to cement his reputation as one of the premier players in the class of 2006 is Jeremiah Rivers a 6-3 PG from Winter Park (FL) High.
The son of former NBA player, and current Celtics coach Doc Rivers, has gotten attention from schools all across the country including Kansas.
“Kansas stopped by on the first day of the open period on their way to see somebody else,” Rivers told Phog.net. “They are coming back down in two weeks to meet with me and my mom.”
Among the other schools that have either stopped by or will be coming to visit Rivers are Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Miami and Florida State. On top of the visits Rivers has been doing plenty of homework on his own has already developed a top five list that includes heavy hitters Kansas, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Arizona.
According to Rivers all of the schools involved have offered him a scholarship and are recruiting him to play both spots in the backcourt. He’s happy to play wherever needed but does prefer the point guard position.
“I love playing the one right now,” said Rivers. “I’m trying to get better at it so I can spend more time there in the future.”
This spring Rivers hopes to show scouts and coaches that his reputation as a big time player was earned rather than just given to him because of who his father is. He is a strong lead guard who can post up, has a nice mid range game and is an adequate athlete and ball handler.
One concern is that Rivers is not playing at full strength right now as he works through some injuries. In November he broke his shooting hand and admits that his shot has been average while he’s gotten his hand back into shape. Now that he is pretty much over his hand injury, he’s got a hip flexor issue to deal with that is limiting his mobility.
“It takes a little while to get back,” said Rivers. “I’m not going to use it as an excuse because I’ve been working and training to get better and I’m sure I’ll be back to normal soon.”
In addition to getting healthy, Rivers is focusing on giving himself a break from time to time. He’s a perfectionist who takes things very hard when they don’t go his way and sometimes it can change the way he plays.
When it comes to his interest in Kansas, Rivers is excited to learn more about the program.
“I like the coaches a lot and the history is incredible,” said Rivers of Kansas. “I hear that the atmosphere there is probably one of the best you can get so that seems great. Also, Kansas is Kansas and they are always there.”
While he’ll be busy traveling the country with Team Florida, Rivers also expects to fit in an official visit to Kansas.
“I’m setting up an official visit in June I think, or somewhere withiin this period,” said Rivers. “I know Coach Self was talking about it so when he comes down here me and my mom are going to set it up with him and then we’ll go out there.”