Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers will soon join the class of one-and-done players to have declared for the NBA draft after just one season of stardom playing in college.
Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports first reported Friday that the 6-foot-4 Rivers will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining three years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft. According to reports, Rivers is expected to be a lottery pick. DraftExpress.com has him as the 17th pick in its mock 2012 draft.
Whether or not he turns into a successful lottery pick though remains to be seen.
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USA Today reported that Duke spokesman Matt Plizga told the Associated Press Friday that Rivers will discuss his future plans with his family this weekend, and an announcement detailing them is expected next week.
Rivers, who averaged 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists this season at Duke, may have wowed scouts with his highlight buzzer-beater three-pointer to beat North Carolina 85-84 back on Feb. 8.
Below are five prominent one-and-done lottery picks who have achieved success in the NBA.
Luol Deng (1st round, 7th pick - 2004 NBA Draft)
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Arguably the NBA's best swingman, Deng made his first All-Star Game this year as a reserve for the Eastern Conference. In his seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls, he is averaging 16.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. In his lone season at Duke from 2003-2004, he averaged 15.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Kyrie Irving (1st round, 1st pick - 2011 NBA Draft)
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Irving is the Cleveland Cavaliers' franchise point guard and hasn't disappointed statistically in his rookie season. He is averaging 19.0 points, 5.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. In his lone season at Duke from 2010-2011, he averaged only 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game because of a torn toe ligament. Nevertheless, those 11 games were good enough to convince scouts that Irving was worthy of the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
John Wall (1st round, 1st pick - 2010 NBA Draft)
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Wall is the Washington Wizards' franchise point guard and was an All-Rookie First Team selection after last season. In his two seasons with the Wizards, he is averaging 16.8 points, 8.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. In his lone season at Kentucky from 2009-2010, he averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Derrick Rose (1st round, 1st pick - 2008 NBA Draft)
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Rose is arguably the NBA's best point guard and is the reigning NBA MVP. In his four seasons with the Bulls, he is averaging 21.1 points, 6.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game. In his lone season at Memphis from 2007-2008, he averaged 14.9 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Kevin Durant (1st round, 2nd pick - 2007 NBA Draft)
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Durant is the Oklahoma City Thunder's franchise player. However, despite winning Rookie of the Year and two scoring titles and being selected to three All-Star games and two All-NBA First teams, he has yet to win an MVP award. In his five seasons with the Thunder (including his first year being with the Seattle Supersonics), he is averaging 26.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. In his lone season at Texas from 2006-2007, he averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.