DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke freshman Austin Rivers was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America third team on Monday, becoming the first Duke freshman to earn All-America honors. The NABC All-America teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
Rivers averaged a team-high 15.5 points per game to join Johnny Dawkins (1983) and Bill Sapp (1945) as the only players to lead the Blue Devils in scoring as freshmen. The Winter Park, Fla., native scored in double-figures 30 times, with eight games with 20 or more points scored. He also averaged 3.4 rebounds, while finishing second on the team in assists (71) and steals (33) and third in three-point field goals (58).
In the Duke freshman record books, Rivers ranks among the all-time leaders in points (3rd - 527), points per game (3rd - 15.5), field goals (6th - 174), three-point field goals (5th - 58), free throws (1st - 121), free throw attempts (1st - 184), games started (t-6th - 33), minutes played (7th - 1,129), double-figure scoring games (t-3rd - 30) and 20-point games (t-5th - eight).
Rivers, a unanimous ACC Rookie of the Year and first team All-ACC selection, becomes the 24th player (38 honors) under head coach Mike Krzyzewski to earn All-America honors.
The NABC All-America first team consists of Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and Jared Sullinger (Ohio State). The second team was Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Kevin Jones (West Virginia), Kris Joseph (Syracuse) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).
Rivers was joined on the third team by Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Jae Crowder (Marquette), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Damian Lillard (Weber State).