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Rivers comments on Duke

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Austin Rivers, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, chose Duke as expected on Thursday. Here is a look at why he will be a Blue Devil.
"I was going to go on visits, but I didn't feel like dragging it out," said Rivers. "I just felt that I could thrive at Duke. I have a really good relationship with Coach K and everybody, and just felt it was best for my family and me. Now I can concentrate on getting better and enjoy being in high school."
Florida never quit on Rivers, and Kansas and North Carolina strongly pursued him, but Duke was the team to beat once he decommitted from Florida.
"I've liked Duke the most," said Rivers, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High School. "Once I decommitted, they were the first on me. I have a great relationship with them and great trust in them."
Beyond the strong bond Rivers shared with Duke, he feels Duke's system of play has something special to offer him.
"Duke does have something special to offer," he said. "Their offense is guard oriented and there is a lot of freedom for the guards to make plays.
"When Coach K has his guy, he makes sure he runs the team."
With his recruitment out of his way, improving his game is Rivers' number one priority.
"First off I want to get stronger," Rivers' said. "Then I just want to be a complete player. I want to improve every aspect of my game."
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