IU announces addition of Rivers

Not that you didn’t already know this, but Indiana has made it official today that Jeremiah Rivers will join the Hoosier basketball program. Here’s the release from IU, including some comments about Rivers from Tom Crean:

Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean announced today that Jeremiah Rivers, a 6-4, 205 lb., guard will join the program this fall. He is coming to IU after spending his first two college seasons at Georgetown and will have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2009-10 season after he sits out this coming year to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements.

“I have been a fan of Jeremiah since early in his high school career,” said Crean. “I admire his all-around abilities and the way he approaches the game. He will be an asset both offensively and defensively and is a fierce competitor who knows how to win. Having our teams go head-to-head these past two years have given me even more of an appreciation for what he is capable of bringing to this program.”

Rivers played in 68 games in his two seasons with the Hoyas and averaged 18.6 minutes per game as a sophomore. He averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. He was one of 16 players nationally to be chosen to CollegeInsider.com’s All-Defensive team. He had a season-high nine points against Fairfield and pulled down nine boards against St. John’s. As a freshman on the Hoyas’ Final Four squad, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds and had 31 assists in 34 games.

“In our opinion, he was one of the best defensive players in the BIG EAST this past season,” added Crean. “When you look at the experience that he has gathered in being in the Georgetown program and having the opportunity to win championships and be in the Final Four, his presence will be exactly what this program needs moving forward.”

Rivers, who played his high school basketball at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida, was a two-time All-Metro (Orlando) pick and was a first team All-Central Florida choice as a senior. He led his team to the 6A state finals and averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior. As a junior, he led his squad to the state quarterfinals and averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

“We feel Jeremiah’s best days are ahead of him and as he continues to build his game on both sides of the ball,” said Crean. “He has great size and length, court awareness and potential and his basketball IQ is outstanding. We all welcome him to the Indiana family.”

His father, Glenn “Doc” Rivers, is the head coach of the Boston Celtics and enjoyed a standout NBA career after playing collegiately at Marquette. Rivers played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks (1983-84 to 1990-91), Los Angeles Clippers (1991-92), New York Knicks (1992-93 to 1993-94) and San Antonio Spurs (1994 to 1995-96).

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