Hornets take Duke guard Austin Rivers at No. 10

Hornets take Duke guard Austin Rivers at No. 10

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GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16: Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a shot over C.J. McCollum #3 of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the second half during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 11:47 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS – The Hornets picked up combo guard Austin Rivers at No. 10, giving New Orleans a player some think could blossom into a star in the future.

Rivers (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, one of Monty Williams’ closest friends in the NBA.

At Duke, Rivers became just the seventh freshman to earn all-ACC honors. He ranks in the top five in Duke history for a freshman in points (527), points per game (15.5), free throws (121) and free-throw attempts (184).

He will join top overall pick Anthony Davis in New Orleans and, paired with Eric Gordon, could give the Hornets an explosive backcourt.

 

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