UNC showing interest in Rivers

K.C. Rivers is home in Charlotte in the midst of a three-week break from Oak Hill Academy (Va.).

Despite a chance to catch up on some sleep, the 6-5, 210-pound junior can be found playing pickup at 5:30 a.m. at a nearby church.

"There are a lot of older guys there that played overseas," Rivers said. "It'll get me tough because of the punishment that I take playing with these guys. For me, you can't take days off. I could sleep in, but this is dedication. I love the game."

Rivers had a somewhat up-and-down season at Oak Hill as the lone junior to receive extensive playing time. Known as a good long-range shooter, he showed his stroke when he broke the school record with 15 trifectas in a game against Bishop McGuiness late in the year.

"We have a media guide at Oak Hill and in the summer, I look at the record and set out to break it," Rivers said. "All I needed was a little work."

Rivers still isn't sure who he'll play with this summer. In the past, it's been the Charlotte Royals. However, a few other local programs – the Kappa Magic and N.C. Gaters – are calling as well.

"I've got to look around and work out once or twice and see where I fit in best," he added.

Rivers still wants to improve his aggressiveness in going to the basket, but he said it's come along way watching teammates Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo.

Previously, he had N.C. State and Wake Forest as his co-leaders. That has changed somewhat. Now he's wide open with both schools still in the mix, along with Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Charlotte and Clemson.

"North Carolina has started to send me a lot of letters recently at Oak Hill," Rivers said. "If they ever offered, it would be hard for me to turn down. It's my home state and so many legends have come through. It would be hard not to look at them because they are so big, regardless of their status right now. The name itself and the legacy."


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