UNC Goes In-Home With Rivers

Since de-committing from Florida in early April, Austin Rivers has had one of the most talked about recruitments, and that was without many developments. Now the nation's top shooting guard is down to three schools and in the midst of in-home visits.

"It's been kind of hectic," Rivers said of his recruitment. "I have my three schools. It's Kansas, North Carolina and Duke. Those are the three schools I'm going with right now."

On Tuesday, Rivers, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out at Winter Park (Fla.) High, welcomed Roy Williams at his house for nearly three hours for his first of three in-home visits.

"It was good," he said of the visit. "He's a great coach and he knows what he's talking about and it was good to have dinner with him."

"I got to talk to him and get to know him better. It was good to meet him and get to know more background on them."

Among the many topics of conversation during the visit was how North Carolina would utilize Rivers should he choose to go there. Rivers said his father and Williams also shared past stories.

"He just talked about the University and the background and he and my dad talked about their stories they have," Rivers said. "He talked about what he had in store for me and what he could see me doing. He said if I was to go there he could help me."

Rivers, who is known for his scoring ability, said one of the many reasons he likes North Carolina is the system they run.

"I just like the way they play and the way they get up and down and play fast paced," Rivers said. "They play man-to-man defense and they like to score. All of their players usually succeed and they always come out better and they win there."

Rivers' next in-home visit is Saturday when Bill Self and Kansas make their way to Florida. Duke will have the last in-home, which will take place next Tuesday.

"I'm planning to visit all three of them," he said. "Some of them I'll go alone and some I'll go with my family."

The weekend of October 1 Rivers will take his first official visit to North Carolina. Then he'll check out Duke the weekend of October 15th. He hasn't set a date for his trip to Kansas.

"It is all equal," he said. "I don't know where I want to go yet."

"Basically those are the three schools that I really like," Rivers said. "I like their style of play, their success and that they win and they get guys to the next level."

Rivers, who is ranked No. 3 overall in the class of 2011, has set a timetable for making his college decision.

"I'd like to get it done before the season starts," Rivers said. "That's my goal right now."

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