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Drake is just reeling in high level guards left and right. Tuesday they added left handed Cahokia point guard CJ Rivers. The rising senior was one of the better guards remaining on the board in the state.
Rivers is a slick combo guard that helped lead Cahokia to a runner up finish as a junior and will look to make another deep run in the tournament this season. With the Southwest Jets he opened eyes during the spring with his improved explosiveness. In July he showed progression in his jump shot while still setting up his teammates.
We caught up with the lead guard to discuss why Drake was his choice.
“I’ve been impressed from the first time I took an unofficial to Des Moines. The staff has always showed sincere interest and confidence in what I can do in the program. Also a chance to have an impact right away playing with other great 2014 commits.”
Rivers played as part of a trio of stud guards the last two summers on the circuit with Peyton Allen and Darreon Reddick on the Southwest Jets. He will now form a dynamic guard trio with St. Viator’s Ore Arogundade and Wisconsin prep standout Reed Timmer that was formed in the last three days. He is excited about the future with them.
“I’m looking forward to playing off those two. Combining all our different talents in the same backcourt and causing a lot of havoc on both sides of the ball.”
The Cahokia star talked about his relationship with Head Coach Ray Giacoletti and assistant coach Todd Townsend.
“That played a huge part. Having a head coach recruit you makes it that much more special. Coach Townsend has also been a great person in the process. I’m looking forward to playing for the staff.”
Rivers discussed how he will fit into what Drake does on both ends of the floor.
“I will fit in well with the pick and roll offense with my improved decision making and jump shot. Also my defensive instincts and ability to cause turnovers will help with our transition offense.”
This is another huge pick up for Drake. In the past two days they added two of the top players at each backcourt spot in the state.