So long, Austin


Once a Florida verbal commit, Winter Park High standout guard Austin Rivers has now officially crossed the Gators off his list.

Rivers told’s Evan Daniels that he has narrowed his college choices to Duke, Kansas and North Carolina. He’s planned official visits to all three schools next month.

Florida coach Billy Donovan received a verbal commitment from Rivers following his freshman year of high school in 2008. But Rivers reneged on his pledge last April.

Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is considered one of the top point guard prosepcts in the Class of 2011.


  1. I know the family and it’s real simple for them. They aren’t about building a new legacy or helping grow a program because why should they. Austin has earned the right to play wherever he chooses and playing for a longstanding traditional power just makes sense. Good Luck Austin and thanks for giving us the early nod. Of course now you’re Gator Bait! Doc will see you on the course…

  2. UF has ALWAYS played the role of underdog in basketball, and for decades in football, too. Part of what makes our championships so special to all of us is that some of our coaches and teams have overcome long odds to win big. Steve Spurrier, Billy Donovan and Urban Meyer kind of make you proud, don’t they? So have their great players and overachievers over the years. Our BB program will be fine, competitive and may even knock Austin and his team out for the NCAA championship someday. Go Gators!

  3. Too bad Austin doesn’t see UF as a basketball power. Three Final Fours and two championships in ten years is as good as it gets for any school, including the ones he’s considering. Anyway, this opens the door wider to land Angel Gonzalez from Krop High in Miami. This kid is absolutely terrific, the kind of point guard who dominates a game with his strength, athleticism, shooting, and hoops IQ. Billy’s offered him already, and so has Frank Martin at Kansas State. Martin used to coach with Krop’s coach at Miami High, so he may have inside track, but hopefully the kid will stay in state and team up with Boynton, Beal and Rosario.

  4. Good luck Austin, this is a case of them Gators Boys are hot, then not story. However, if we get on a roll this year and play well enough to get to a final four…ha…we will start to get those recruits to swing back our way. I think this team under achieved under Calathes for whatever reason and that has hurt how PG look at Billy Donovan tutelage.