Austin Rivers To Leave Duke, Declare For NBA Draft, According To Report

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09: Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies in their Quarterfinal game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Austin Rivers will reportedly leave Duke after his freshman season to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

Austin Rivers, who led Duke this season with 15.5 points per game, will forego his final three seasons of NCAA eligibility to declare for the 2012 NBA Draft, reports CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.

Rivers is expected to be a mid-first round selection, with DraftExpress ranking him as the No. 18 draft prospect in the world.

Though Rivers arrived at Duke as the nation's top recruit and paced a top-10 team in scoring during the 2012 NCAA season, he struggled at times during his freshman year to adapt to the college game. A talented scorer with a lightning-quick first step, Rivers scored a lot of points for Duke but occasionally did so inefficiently, shooting just 43.3 percent from the field.

Considering that Rivers is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round, it's not out of the question for him to be drafted by the Boston Celtics, who are coached by Rivers' father, Doc.

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