The Blue Devils only lost two players from this past season’s team: one to graduation and one freshman to leaving early (along with a transfer).
Freshman guard Austin Rivers left after a freshman year that was up-and-down. He was an intriguing talent, but still has more areas to improve. His pure scoring ability showed off during the pre-draft workouts.
His dad, Doc Rivers, is the head coach for the Boston Celtics. He will not be in the draft war room, instead attending the draft in New Jersey with his soon-to-be drafted son. The Celtics have two picks in the first round (21, 22), but many don’t expect Rivers to drop that far.
I have heard that the Philadelphia Sixers are interested (they have the 15th pick) and they really could use an explosive guard.
Rivers himself always dreamed of playing for San Antonio, but they have the 59th pick. He does however want to grow into the NBA much like Spurs guard Tony Parker has.
Some mock drafts have Rivers going as high as 11th to Portland. If he can become a good point guard (like Russell Westbrook, who he wants to be like), he could be a steal in the draft. Portland’s two main guards may test free agency.
The Blue Devil who graduated, big man Miles Plumlee, has been impressive during the NBA pre-draft workouts. Impressive enough to be drafted in the first round? There are definitely rumors swirling.
Miles‘ strength and athleticism that Coach K has raved about for four years has impressed teams. Many are seeing that he can truly help their teams as a complimentary player.
Many of the mock drafts have him going from pick 32 to pick 39 (or not in the first round). Two (NBA and DraftExpress) like him being selected by the Washington Wizards with the 32nd pick.
Where will these two former Blue Devils go? Stay tuned Thursday night to ESPN beginning at 7pm ET.