Although Rivers did not put up huge numbers, he showed a well-rounded game and the potential to be an excellent scorer. With players like Josh Smith, Dayshawn Wright, Brian Johnson, Rajon Rondo, and a bench full of Divison 1 prospects, the fact that K.C. Rivers was in the starting lineup says a lot about Rivers' talent.
Throughout the game K.C. Rivers, only a junior on a team mostly filled with seniors, was very passive offensively and continuously looked for the open man rather than forcing his shot. Along with the rest of the team, Rivers knew the game plan---get the ball to Josh Smith.
Smith, ranked as one of the top 5 seniors in the nation, scored 33 points, 25 of them in the first half to lead Oak Hill to a 99-64 victory over Reynolds. KC Rivers did end up with approximately 8 points despite taking few shots.
Although he is not the primary option this year, the fact that K.C. Rivers will gain experience from playing with players such as Josh Smith every day in practice as well as games will certainly help him develop. Overall, Rivers looks like a prospect that would fit in well with the Deacon program. He plays smart, in control, and knows when to pass and when to knock down a shot.
Below are a couple photos and, for premium subscribers, a link to a short video clip of KC Rivers from Tuesday night.