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).