No. 1 hoops prep in Class of 2011 will visit KU

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Austin Rivers, the No. 1-rated high school basketball player in the Class of 2011, has set a date for an official recruiting visit to Kansas University.

Rivers, a 6-toot-3, 175-pound senior shooting guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High, will visit KU on Oct. 22-23. The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers will visit North Carolina (Oct. 1-2) and Duke (Oct. 15-16) with plans to sign with one of those three finalists in April.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski traveled to Florida for an in-home visit Tuesday. KU coach Bill Self and UNC’s Roy Williams visited last week.

Duke has been the leader for Rivers since his decommitting from Florida last April. He had committed to the Gators following his freshman year of high school.

“Yes, the other schools are playing catch up to Duke,” Rivers told “I’ve been able to get on campus three times, so they do have a head start. I haven’t even been to the other schools. But at the end of the day, one visit might change things.”

Rivers caused a stir this summer by wearing Duke gear after helping USA Basketball to an Under 18 championship in San Antonio.

Of his decision, he said in a diary in Slam Magazine ... “I want to hold off and watch Irving (Kyrie, Duke freshman) play next year a little before I decide. I want to see other players develop, too. Not just at Duke. You’ve got North Carolina. I want to see if Harrison Barnes stays, too.

“There’s a lot I want to take a look at with this decision. Obviously, that means I won’t be deciding in (fall) like I said before. Sorry about that, guys. I just want to make this the best decision for me and having gone through this once already I have to KNOW it’s the right thing for me.”

Recruiting: KU assistant coach Joe Dooley traveled to Brewster Academy on Tuesday to check on Naadir Tharpe, a 6-0 senior point guard who is ranked No. 91 nationally by Rivals. Tharpe is considering Minnesota, Marquette, Indiana, Iowa State, St. John’s, UCLA and many others. ... Rivals says KU may look into pursuing Quinn Cook, 6-1 point guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who is originally from Washington, D.C. Cook is ranked 28th nationally.