UNC Recruiting Austin Rivers

UNC entered the recruitment of the class of 2011’s top shooting guard this week. Not surprising for Carolina to be pursuing a top recruit. What is surprising is that this recruit had already committed to Florida!

It’s none other than the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Austin. The younger Rivers had committed to Billy Donovan, but recently opened his recruitment back up to none other than Dook. Well, two can play at that game, and apparently Doc and tha fam spoke with Roy and said they welcomed UNC getting into the mix. I guess Doc does know his stuff.

UNC’s ’11 class is already solid, but the addition of Rivers would put it among the best in the nation. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to come play with Harrison Barnes? It’s true that Barnes might be gone after his freshman year, but that’s just more PT for any potential recruit to take. Some have raised questions about whether Carolina will have enough scholarships, as Roy has already offered Rivers one that potentially won’t exist. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue. Ed Davis will surely be gone by then, and the way John Henson progressed at the end of the season, he’ll be popping up on mock drafts at the end of next year as well. Might as well over-recruit so we don’t end up in a situation like this year — with weak ball handling that causes all those dang turnovers.

Plus it’d just be icing on the cake to steal another top recruit from the goonies in Durham.