Mar 16, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers (0) shoots as Lehigh Mountain Hawks forward John Adams (4)and guard C.J. McCollum (3) defend during the first half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men
Player name: Austin Rivers
Weight: 205 lbs
Short summary of the player and his stats from college
Austin Rivers was Duke’s leading scorer as a freshman, and though his shot selection was labeled as selfishness towards the end of the season, the Blue Devils needed him to take and make those shots to keep them afloat.
Why the decision was made to select this player
Rivers’ confidence is through the roof. He truly believes that he can score from anywhere on the court, and his propensity to spread that confidence amongst his teammates is something the Blazers desperately need.
How he will fit in with the team
Rivers will come off the bench behind Wesley Matthews and compete for minutes against Elliot Williams, but his locker room presence and on-court leadership is what the rookie will provide.
Best case and worst case scenarios for this player
Best Case: Jamal Crawford/O.J. Mayo Worst Case: Randy Foye
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