Rivers, a senior at Winter Park (Fla.) High, still had official visits planned to both North Carolina and Kansas, but the lure of the Blue Devils was apparently too strong.
"He made that decision last night," Winter Park coach David Bailey told the Orlando Sentinel Thursday morning. "Austin felt most comfortable with their coaches and their program. He just fell in love with their school."
The folks at Duke Basketball Report seem excited.
And it's easy to see why, as Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo!'s The Dagger explains:
The addition of Rivers elevates Duke's 2011 recruiting class from a solid class to one of the nation's elite. Three top 10 recruits still give Kentucky far more star power, but the four-man haul Mike Krzyzewski has landed thus far assures that Duke will have plenty of young talent even after seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith graduate and freshman Kyrie Irving and sophomore Mason Plumlee potentially turn pro.
Another neat thing about Austin Rivers: he is very good at basketball.