Rivers Takes A Trip to Raleigh

While the staff prepares for a handful of official visits from seniors who are close to making their college decisions, Herb Sendek & Co. hosted arguably the top junior in the state last weekend.

K.C. Rivers, a 6-5, 210-pound versatile swingman who will play at national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) this season after averaging 24.7 points last season at Charlotte Independence (N.C.), has now taken unofficial visits to Wake Forest and N.C. State, but is in no rush to make a decision.

The 3.0-student, who is extremely well-spoken, said that it wasn't an easy decision to leave family and friends for Oak Hill.

"It was an opportunity that came up and I just couldn't pass it up," Rivers said. "We contacted Coach (Steve) Smith, he asked me to come up and try out and I guess it worked out good."

Rivers will depart for Oak Hill on Monday, where he will likely start alongside senior point guard Rajon Rondo in the backcourt and a frontcourt that features seniors Brian Johnson, Josh Smith and Dayshawn Wright. The Warriors will be the heavy favorite to win the mythical national championship.

The versatile Rivers will likely start at the off-guard spot. He can score in a variety of ways and also knows how to get his teammates involved.

Rivers' play has drawn comparisons to his uncle, former East Mecklenburg High and Charlotte star Byron Dinkins, who is now playing overseas in Greece. Dinkins and Rivers' AAU coach, Kim Perry of the Charlotte Royals, both accompanied him on his visit to Raleigh.

The trip was his second unofficial visit after Rivers went to Wake Forest on May 14. After getting a chance to tour the campus and meet with the coaches from both schools, in addition to fielding a scholarship offer from Charlotte, he doesn't have a leader.

"Most people think it's Wake Forest, but that's not the case," he said. "My options are open."

Rivers also mentioned Georgetown and Miami as potential candidates.

"The first thing I'm going to look at is academics," Rivers added. "I want to see how much coaches talk about academics and how much they stress it. Athletics is obviously important, also. The coaching staff and where I fit in. Playing time really doesn't matter to me, because everyone will get a chance to play."

Rivers took his visit to Raleigh this past Saturday. He started things out in the coaches office and then toured the campus.

"It was beautiful," he said. "I got a glimpse of Reynolds Coliseum and it looked like a nice facility."

Then he sat down with the coaches, ate lunch with the players and got a closer look at the RBC Center before going back home.

"They're in the top portion of the schools I'm considering," Rivers said of the Wolfpack. "I'm still young and have plenty of time to decide."

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