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Yea read that... also read she knows what she wants in a team environment in her quote just wasn't a fit. Like i said she is a baller and she will want to prove she was good enough o play there is/when she gets the chance.

Thanks though 😊
She will probably go to NCSU or UNC…..Duke might have a chance.
 

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Just my opinion on Rivers:

She needs some "freedom" in her next system to really highlight her slashing ability to the rim. Her role at SC wasn't one which gave her a bunch of creative room for her game, and she needs to go to the rim often when she first starts a game in order to get some offense that way first, which settles her down on her mid-range shooting. When she has to start and or stay as mostly a mid range shooter, she cannot find her stroke easily. But I have always thought that if she had more leeway and is free to create her slashes to the rim and get some offense started that way her shot follows soon thereafter. She is the type that will gain confidence and rhythm in her offense if she is given a little patience and more green light.

She already has elite defensive and passing skills so she is not far off from being a starter type on most really good type teams. I think her offense improves with her new school, by a lot. Something like 10-12 ppg as a sophomore and more after that. Athletically she is probably top 5% of WCB players.

By all accounts she is a wonderful person/teammate and I could not imagine any team taking a pass on her potential.
 
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Just my opinion on Rivers:

She needs some "freedom" in her next system to really highlight her slashing ability to the rim. Her role at SC wasn't one which gave her a bunch of creative room for her game, and she needs to go to the rim often when she first starts a game in order to get some offense that way first, which settles her down on her mid-range shooting. When she has to start and or stay as mostly a mid range shooter, she cannot find her stroke easily. But I have always thought that if she had more leeway and is free to create her slashes to the rim and get some offense started that way her shot follows soon thereafter. She is the type that will gain confidence and rhythm in her offense if she is given a little patience and more green light.

She already has elite defensive and passing skills so she is not far off from being a starter type on most really good type teams. I think her offense improves with her new school, by a lot. Something like 10-12 ppg as a sophomore and more after that. Athletically she is probably top 5% of WCB players.

By all accounts she is a wonderful person/teammate and I could not imagine any team taking a pass on her potential.
Games I saw her play in, she was missing layups or having charges drawn on her when she was slashing. Her offense that involved her attempting to directly move the basketball in her hand to the basket was an abject failure. I have a hard time seeing how that was anything that had to do with the coaching or team system. She would plow into defenders that were set, would routinely miss layups that someone at her level should be making, and her jump shots were often mistaken for assists to Victaria Saxton or Aliyah Boston as they were closer to their hands then the basket. If she improved on any of those, then she would have scored more efficiently and would have played more minutes.

I'm sure she's a swell kid, but it seems like she had full control of her destiny and frankly did not play well enough last season to deserve any more minutes than she got. I think she will be a fantastic player as an upperclassman (and maybe even next season), but she just...wasn't good as a scorer this past season.
 
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Rivers has the slashing game skill, she just never got it going much like the rest of her offense, but she is best when she can get to the rim early, and she will show that is a big part of her game when she gets her confidence back. Her jumper was off all season and as you said she didn’t adjust fast to the speed of the college defenders from an offensive angle, but she showed in HS that she has the skill set. Just needs the right mindset now.

Its possible she is just one of those type players that never gets comfortable at this level but I think it’s too early to say that, I expect she will have a very nice career Once she gets settled in her mind. Most programs cannot afford to let a young player spend a bunch of quality minutes “getting comfortable” but the team that does this and gives her a little offensive freedom will bring out her best. I firmly believe that the coach who sticks with her until she gets over the hump will be rewarded, because she could be something if she puts it together.
 
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I firmly believe that the coach who sticks with her until she gets over the hump will be rewarded, because she could be something if she puts it together.
I agree 100%. And if she were to get really, really seriously into improving her game, once she fully matures into a woman's body and brain she very well could end up being unstoppable. Who knows how long that will take, but once the light bulb goes on, if she's on the right team? Yikes. I wouldn't want to have to be the one assigned to guard her.

But again, it may take time for the whole package to come together. She just needs to understand that even the greatest natural athletes in the world won't reach their potential unless they are also the ones who put in the most work.

I wish I could see into the future, because I'd LOVE to know what kind of player she'll be in her fourth year as a pro. 😳
 
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I agree 100%. And if she were to get really, really seriously into improving her game, once she fully matures into a woman's body and brain she very well could end up being unstoppable. Who knows how long that will take, but once the light bulb goes off, if she's on the right team? Yikes. I wouldn't want to have to be the one assigned to guard her.

But again, it may take time for the whole package to come together. She just needs to understand that even the greatest natural athletes in the world won't reach their potential unless they are also the ones who put in the most work.

I wish I could see into the future, because I'd LOVE to know what kind of player she'll be in her fourth year as a pro. 😳
You are spot on.
 

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