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When Duke's basketball team reloads after Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler leave, the Blue Devils will do it with one of the best high school players in the country.

Austin Rivers committed to Duke on Thursday, giving the Blue Devils the top guard in the class of 2011, according to Rivers' high school coach.

Rivals ranks Rivers, a 6-4 shooting guard and son of NBA coach Doc Rivers, as the top prospect in the class of 2011. Scout has him ranked behind two forwards at No. 3 overall.

Rivers chose Duke over North Carolina and Kansas, Winter Park (Fla.) High School coach David Bailey told ESPN.

Rivers originally committed to the University of Florida during his sophomore year in high school but reopened his recruiting options in April.

With seniors Singler and Smith set for their final season with the 2010 national champions, Duke will need new scoring options for the 2011-12 season.

Rivers averaged 23.9 points per game as a junior and led Winter Park to a Florida state title.

Rivers joins a recruiting class that includes guard Michael Gbinije (No. 21 in the Scout top 100), forward Marshall Plumlee (40) and Tyler Adams (83).

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Wow

Its like a computer virus

Where else was he really going to go?

The Rat gets all the pampered sons of X NBA players. For the most part anyways.

Albeit, 098, it has been a bad summer/early fall/day!

I'll say!! But today is

I'll say!! But today is beautiful and clear and maybe..just maybe we will get some luck and see Williams and Burney on the field tomorrow. At least Searcy  will be playing. Still no press on the injuries to White and Sturdivant.

I actually am envious that you are going to the State/VT game. I might try to grab a ticket tomorrow at Kenan. Its going to be the perfect weather.

Well

I'd prefer to be in CH, but oh well.

Did you or anyone else see the big Pirate banner placed in Keenan on Wednesday night/Thursday morning?

I sent JPG a link with the pic and said it would be a great article for ACCNow, but this was right b4 the Yahoo piece broke.

A class mate of mine claims to have been behind it, but I do not believe him.

I saw the picture you're

I saw the picture you're talking about, though I heard on the radio that it was a hoax.  No surprise.

Haven't heard anything about

Haven't heard anything about it but I think that is really funny....Should be a great day for football. I am definitely going to try to make it. I should be able to scrounge up something decent.

Good luck in Pack Land. Should be some good tailgating with this weather

Oh man

All you guys can just imagine how I am at a state football game! I sit around a lot of good folks and they can give it with the best. Fun times!

However, imam not looking forward to showing my face tomorrow for the first time. I'm going to get handed "the bidness" by those folks ...

"Imam"

Typo or Freudian slip?

I always assumed you were an infidel, like me.

This is kinda cool. We have

This is kinda cool. We have our own private comment string...Says a lot about DuIKE interest in this story

As long as they hand you

As long as they hand you something COLD to go with it. Good luck

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.
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