The Austin Rivers video of the freshman hitting a buzzer-beater vs. UNC, sealing victory for Duke Wednesday night, cements him as Duke's newest star.
The video of Austin Rivers' miraculous three-pointer as the clock ran out in Chapel Hill Wednesday, putting the Tar Heels down 85-84, has gone viral in the days since that fateful game, and it has fans and commentators saying that the 19-year-old sharpshooting guard is the future of the Blue Devils program.
Rivers, whose father is current Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, is only 19, but he has set the college basketball world on fire with his brave cool and confidence, which enabled to drain a must-make shot in front of thousands of screaming Tar Heels fans.
Chris Fedor, of Sports Radio Interviews, may have put it best when he wrote that Austin Rivers has ice water running through his veins, referencing his cool courage in the face of what would have been a crushing defeat to his team's arch-rival.
As Fedor goes on to explain, Rivers turned in one of the most memorable individual performances ever in the Duke-North Carolina rivalry. He scored 29 points, the most scored by any freshman against UNC, and the final three came off his fingertips in the closing seconds. The game-winning shot he hit over Tyler Zeller will give Tar Heels fans nightmares and cemented Rivers' place in arguably the greatest rivalry in sports.
Austin Rivers sat down with ESPN Radio (Download the audio at this link. Rivers' comments start about ten minutes into the podcast.) to discuss the feeling of making such a clutch shot, and being mobbed on the court by his fellow teammates, fans and coaches, all in front of his basketball legend father:
It was just an amazing feeling. It was a big team win, Rivers said. I think everybody contributed to the win and just to get the win at North Carolina, versus a great team, meant a lot. Everybody stepped up and when that ball went through the net, I couldn't even tell you what I was thinking, man. Everything went so fast.
And once it was recorded live on TV, it was sure to hit the Web shortly thereafter, and the Austin Rivers video of his buzzer-beater is now one of the most popular college basketball videos so far this year.
Watch the video of Austin Rivers' buzzer-beater vs. UNC below: