Guard Austin Rivers has played against two incoming Kentucky freshmen — guard Brandon Knight and forward Stacey Poole — since both are also from Florida.
“Knight is a scoring machine,” Rivers said while training with the USA under-17 national team in Texas. “It will be interesting to see him in college and how he adapts. He will have a lot more better players around him than what he has been used to and I want to see how he’ll play with those talented teammates. I think he is a great player and will have a chance to make a big impact at Kentucky right away.”
Rivers, a senior from Winter Park, Fla., played against Knight once. He has played against Poole three times.
“He will be a good impact player at Kentucky, too,” Rivers said. “I think he was kind of overshadowed in our state by Brandon Knight, but he’s very good. He is high energy. He can do a lot of little things. He’s more athletic than he’s given credit for and probably a better player than most people realize.”