Austin Rivers makes it official

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After one season at Duke, Austin Rivers is off to the NBA he announced Monday.Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, made his decision to jump to the NBA official on Monday...


Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season for the NBA draft. The freshman guard announced his decision and plans to hire an agent on Monday after team officials said he spent the weekend discussing his future plans with his family at their home outside Orlando, Fla. "I would like to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans for helping make this past year at Duke so special," Rivers said in a statement released by the university. "It was a difficult decision to leave Duke, but I am excited about chasing my dream of playing in the NBA."

Let the speculation begin about whether the Celtics would draft him. Doc Rivers said simply, "that would be interesting," when asked last week.