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Austin Rivers is your Naismith H.S. Player of the Year

It pains me to say this but score one for the Blue Devils over Kentucky. Duke signee Austin Rivers has been named Naismith Prep Player of the Year for being the best high schooler with a basketball this season. Three Kentucky signees – Gilchrist, Teague, and Davis – were among the five finalists for the award. ¬†Doc Rivers’ baby boy averaged 29 points for Winter Park in Florida this season.

Rivers will officially be recognized as the award winner by the Atlanta Tipoff Club at its season-ending Naismith Awards Banquet on March 21 in Atlanta. ¬†Atlanta, the same city where we’ll score one for Kentucky over Duke on November 13, 2012.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

41 Comments for Austin Rivers is your Naismith H.S. Player of the Year



  1. workingman
    3:26 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    She is ugly.



  2. Cats R Back
    3:27 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    What a bunch of BS.



  3. the cat 24
    3:31 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    it’s all good, I’ll take our 3 finalist over dukes one winner any day



  4. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    3:32 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist!!!



  5. UK'S #1 FAN
    3:33 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Thats great, he plays a national scehdule and has lost to every big named school but managed to win a state championship in Florida, while Gilchrist’s leads his team to a # 1 ranking and a chance at a high school national championship and he doesnt get the award. If big numbers gets the award then it shouldve went to Anthony Davis, his numbers were more impressive and he did it without “gunning” like Rivers. He is perfect for Duke, He whines just like Coach K…. We will see you at the beginning of next season…..

    GO BIG BLUE!!



  6. mgcat
    3:34 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t Gilchrist’s team wax Rivers’ team a month or two ago? I’d rather have that in my pocket anyway. Besides… Rivers even LOOKS like a pretty Duke-boy. Good riddance.



  7. BillDozer
    3:35 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Men with earrings…hahahaha



  8. Jimmy Dykes' Vocabulary
    3:39 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t hate on this kid just because he picked Duke. We can debate all day about us liking Gilchrist more than him, because why wouldn’t we? He’s a dukie. The fact of the matter is that if you’ve watched this kid play he is the real deal and a top competitor. I’m not saying he should have won over Gilchrist, but it’s not an abomination that he did.



  9. 49 Chevy
    3:42 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    OMG…It’s Hallie Berry.



  10. sunnycat
    3:45 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Just another duke and coack k blowfest by the media. Wait til Doc Rivers puts in his two cents like he did at Georgetown which brought about the transfer of Jeremiah Rivers to Indiana.



  11. cracka
    3:48 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    wow … t jones with less than 1% of the votes … i voted for miller and can’t believe he’s not in the lead



  12. Ben Dover
    3:49 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    He does not look like a UK player (well, maybe Saul Smith, but that doesn’t really count).



  13. Roland
    3:50 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Ya can’t carry around a trophy but ya can wear a ring forever. Will he get a ring. That sounds like a subject for a post= How many college players, past and present, have rings? Our great friend, “Mr Wildcat” use to carry extras in his pocket.



  14. KSR Spy
    3:51 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    #8 – He might be one of the worst on ball defenders I have seen in a while. He’s about as much of a defensive stopper as Saul Smith was.



  15. The Real Pioneer
    3:51 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    6.) YES GILCHRIST’S TEAM DID TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AGAINST RIVERS SQUAD. THIS IS QUITE A DISTURBING TURN OF EVENTS! I THINK I WILL GO AND TRY AND CHEER UP AND WATCH SOME OLD KENTUCKY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EARLY AND MID 80’S AND SEEING THE GRACEFUL PLAY OF A ONE TROY MCKINLEY! BOY, HOW A WRITE-UP OF TROY MCKINLEY WOULD REALLY CHEER ME UP RIGHT NOW!



  16. WKU hilltopper
    3:53 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I think he’s a pretty good-looking guy.



  17. some guy
    3:54 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    It looks like one of the Jonas Brothers and Justin Beiber had a baby.



  18. Roland
    3:55 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    How a “Bill Keightly Day” KSR?



  19. nybrasky
    3:58 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder what Torii Hunter thinks of his earrings.



  20. pioneersaredumb
    3:58 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    15.) Will you please godddddd stop!!!!!!!!! For you to think it is truly that funny to keep talking about it in every post, is disturbing. The thought that all you have to do everyday is look forward to making a Troy McKinley post makes me feel extremely sorry for you.



  21. Jon O
    3:59 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know when tickets for the KY vs Kansas game in NYC will go on sale?



  22. Runnin'Ramel
    4:00 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    If his father weren’t Doc Rivers, he would’ve lost this award to Gilchrist.



  23. Go Deep
    4:03 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    BOOOO! BTW in the world does Cal get stuck with the one and done moniker when Coach K has signed more McDonald’s All Americans than any other coach? Duke fans… “we don’t recruit those types”… BS!



  24. bmt22033
    4:05 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Much to the surprise of absolutely no one.



  25. UKfanNKY
    4:10 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Rivers is a great player BUT Gilchrist is BY FAR THE BEST!!!!!!!!! Daddy helped him get this!!



  26. Kentucky Fans
    4:19 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I love Kentucky fans, they hate on any player that doesn’t go to UK. I’m sure you all don’t think Rivers should be the winner of this award, I would guess you probably think a UK recruit should win. Take off the blue shades and quit hating.



  27. Emerson Biggins
    4:21 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    He looks like a tree hunging, lesbian feminist!



  28. bung
    4:27 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    was hobo mccoy 2nd?



  29. bosshogg24
    4:31 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    We knew it was coming the minute Rivers signed with Duke that’s all it takes. They also take a Duke signee rated 75th in the nation and put him on the McDonald’s All American team!



  30. AminuTimberlake'sSternum
    4:33 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    He looks like C. Thomas Howell in “Soul Man”



  31. Kanter Banter
    4:38 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    He’s good but he is not even close to the best player in the country. He is the only kid that is good on a fair team. He shoots 50% of their shots and scores 29 a game….Most people would if you shot 12 free throws a game and 25 shots a game. This is purely a DUKE AWARD AND DADDY GIFT. He will be protected by refs in the ACC as well…seen it too much at PUKE.



  32. UKFAN97
    4:39 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I am going to enjoy hating him.



  33. stevem
    4:45 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    The ias never endsw. If Rivers had committed to UK, no way would he have been Player of the Year.



  34. nate dizzle
    6:37 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino just called, wants to ask River’s the best way to spend 15 seconds with a ball in his hand



  35. Brad
    6:53 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I just saw hime play in the semifinals of the Florida 6A state championship. Wasn’t overly impressed. Great ball handler with good speed but his shot was unorthodox. In order to play the 2 spot at Duke he’ll have to make major improvements shooting the ball. Also, his attitude on the court was poor.



  36. NJ Scout
    7:37 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Gilchrist needs to improve his shooting to be a major force in college basketball. I’ll worry about his NBA chances much later.



  37. Rza
    8:32 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    he is a good offensive player. probably the best. he is also a terrible defender.
    say Mater Dei player drop 38 on him. Rivers score 34. Rivers lost the game and lost a lot of cred on D.
    Brutal D



  38. .
    8:43 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    ,



  39. Carl
    10:42 pm March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Same thing happened last year. B. Knight was the number one player all year. After he chose Kentucky and Barnes chose North Carolina, Barnes was moved into the number one spot…and Knight has had a much more solid year than Barnes. Although Barnes has come on lately, he didn’t do squat until after the first of the year.

    Just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to screw us !!.



  40. Cousins Fake Teeth
    12:46 am March 9, 2011 Permalink

    If he went somewhere else besides Duke, he would not have won.



  41. Hotty Scopson
    11:45 am March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Having three players in the running probably split the “Objective” vote three ways giving Rivers the rest.