Roy Williams Visits Rivers

There was a special visitor at Winter Park (Fla.) High School on Thursday afternoon.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams attended Winter Park's afternoon hoops practice session.

"Roy came in and he can't really talk to me due to NCAA rules," Rivers said. "But he just came in and watched me practice and gave a hello."

Winter Park captured the Florida Class 6A state championship -- the first state title in school history -- a couple weeks ago, but the Panthers season isn't over yet. They were chosen as one of the eight teams participating in next week's ESPN Rise National High School Invitational in Baltimore.

Rivers, who has been technically verbally committed to Florida since July of 2008, doesn't plan to make any major moves with his recruitment until after the season. That means no campus visits are currently on the docket.

"It's too early right now," said Rivers, who will begin AAU play the following week. "We'll see after the high school season, which is wrapping up right now and then we'll see how everything goes down."

North Carolina was hesitant to begin seriously recruiting Rivers, but the 6-4 shooting guard and his father -- Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers -- gave them the go-ahead.

"I'm committed, but I haven't signed yet," Rivers explained. "When you're committed people stop recruiting you. But I told my dad that I kind of liked North Carolina and he gave Roy Williams consent and told him that he could call me. Once Roy Williams knew he was allowed to call me, he called me."

That phone conversation, according to Rivers, included a scholarship offer.

"He said he'd love to have me there," said Rivers, who is ranked the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 by "He said he'd feel more comfortable recruiting me if I decommitted because he has a lot of respect for Coach (Billy) Donovan at Florida. He doesn't want to cross their rules.

"We'll see what happens over the next few weeks when I think about stuff."

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