Since last summer there has been nothing firm about Austin Rivers' commitment to Florida. Now the five-star guard has officially reopened his recruitment and the nation's best are expected to make a run for him.
"I just thought it would be best for me to officially open it up," said Rivers, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High School. "Florida is still an option, but this will make everything easier for everyone else."
Rivers, who is already involved with Duke and North Carolina, insisted that he was not pressured by these two schools into officially opening up his recruitment, but that it was primarily his decision.
"Somewhat, but not really. They let me do what I felt I should," said Rivers when asked if the other schools encouraged him to officially decommit. "I felt that I should do this. I thought it would just be easier this way."
Florida, Duke and North Carolina are not the only schools of interest to Rivers although they are the only schools he has heard from so far.
"Maybe Kentucky," said Rivers when asked if there were other schools he would consider. "I like the way they play. They really let their guards go. Maybe Texas and Kansas too. I just need to see who I hear from and if it is a place I would be interested in."
Rivers, the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 for the class of 2011 and the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, does not have any visits scheduled at this point.
He will participate in the Boo Williams Invitational this weekend, and his opening match up is against the No. 1 ranked prospect Mike Gilchrist's team.