Austin Rivers update from FIBA tryouts

Rivers is at the University of Texas at San Antonio trying out for a spot on the 12-member team that will represent the United States at the eight-team FIBA Americas Under 18 Championship in San Antonio June 26-30. "It is definitely special to represent your country," Rivers said. "It's an honor to put USA on your chest and represent America. I am glad to be a part of this."

He's gone back on his original commitment to Florida, but point guard Austin Rivers says he's not sure where he'll play his college basketball.

"I am really open to everybody at this point," said Rivers. "I have talked to some coaches and have specific interest in a couple of schools."

Rivers is at the University of Texas at San Antonio trying out for a spot on the 12-member team that will represent the United States at the eight-team FIBA Americas Under 18 Championship in San Antonio June 26-30.

The 6-4 shooting guard, who is ranked No. 1 at his position in the 2011 recruiting class by Scout.com, says he still "likes" Florida but that Duke and North Carolina are also high on his list now.

"I want to see places and really listen to what they have to say," he said.

One school rumored to be potentially on his list is Kentucky. Kansas and UCLA are two other teams he's indicated he could be interested in.

"I haven't talked to Kentucky yet. That is a possibility with the success they are having winning games and getting players to the next level," Rivers said. "A chance to talk with (coach John) Calipari is a definite possibility."

Rivers obviously know plenty about the "next level" since his father is Doc Rivers, coach of the Boston Celtics. Austin Rivers says it has not been a distraction for him with the Celtics chasing a NBA title.

"I haven't had a problem with anything," he said. "Watching the games on TV was fine with me. I don't second guess my dad. A son shouldn't do that. I just like watching the team play. Actually, I like watching the NBA period. It's the best players in the world. I love the game and watching the very best."

He does feel special to be trying out for the USA team.

"It is definitely special to represent your country," Rivers said. "It's an honor to put USA on your chest and represent America. I am glad to be a part of this.

"We have a really good group of guys. We have already built a chemistry. There are no big egos here. That's why I think we have a great shot at winning the gold medal."


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