Summary: Rivers is already one of the most talented scorers in college hoops. However, there are severals areas of concern about how he will transition to the next level, most notably his lack of strength, ability to play off the ball and defensive prowess. I think he would benefit from returning to Duke for his sophomore season but would likely be selected in the mid-lottery to mid-teens if he did declare this off-season.
Player Comparison: Monta Ellis. Ellis is only 6-3 but has become one of the most dynamic scorers in the NBA. Rivers is in a similar situation due to his size and lack of strength, but just has a natrual feel as a scorer whether it's attacking the basket or shooting it from deep. In fact, Rivers is probably already a better outside shooter than Ellis and has the ability to score at an elite level one day in the NBA.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.