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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Duke Signee Austin Rivers Rips on North Carolina for Lack of Rivalry

Austin Rivers is widely considered the top recruit in the country, and he signed to play for Duke in the fall. Rivers is the son of Boston coach Doc Rivers, and we already saw how talented he is by the way he schooled John Wall. We’re also learning that young Austin may have taken notes from Kevin Garnett, because his smack talk is pretty strong. Check out what the high schooler said recently to the Orlando Sentinel, as I learned via DukeHoopsBlog:


To quote Austin, “I don’t think it’s much of a rivalry right now because UNC’s not better than Duke, nowhere near in my opinion. Until UNC can start winning some games, I don’t think it’s much of a rivalry. I don’t think it’s a rivalry. They have to do something first. Duke’s done their share — I don’t know about UNC.”

I love the bravado, but someone needs to teach that youngster a history lesson. Sure, Duke destroyed UNC by 32 last season and swept them, but in the three previous seasons Carolina won 5 of 6. This rivalry goes in cycles depending on who’s up and who’s down, and right now it’s Duke that’s up. Things could very well change very quickly. And way to add pressure on the guys for a team you’re not even a part of yet, kid.

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