A walk-on, Nick Rivers earned a roster spot after serving as men's basketball team manager for two seasons. He will contribute at both guard positions.
A 2008 graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. where he played two years of varsity basketball for Head Coach Tony Fuller...Two-time First Team All-Region selection...Over his varsity career, averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 assists and three rebounds per game...Averaged 15.1 points per game while leading Brophy to the state tournament as a senior...Guided Brophy to the state's Elite Eight after averaging 10.2 points per game as a junior...Also competed in track and field...Competed in the high jump and recorded a personal-best 6-4 high jump in the Arizona State Track and Field Meet...Four-year Honor Roll student.
Born Nicholas Rivers on July 11, 1989 in Berkeley, Calif....Son of Angelo and Audrea Rivers...Has a brother Ryan and sister Miranda...Father Angelo Rivers played basketball at UC-Davis (1982-86) and was inducted into the UC-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006...A former point guard, he is the school's career recordholder in assists (467) and ranks second in career steals (180)...Played trumpet for eight years...Favorite food is his mother's Mexican rolled tacos...Person in history he would like to meet: Martin Luther King...Happiest and most gratifying moment in sports was seeing himself on ESPN...Role model is his father because he is humble, honorable, responsible and a leader...Best friend on another team is Fresno State's Justin Johnson...Best job ever held was a baseball umpire...Served as a student manager with the Pitt Basketball team during his first two years in Pittsburgh...Performs a dance routine, a blend of hip-hop and break dancing in the team huddle prior to home games...The team discovered his dancing talent in the lockerroom and encouraged him to perform the routine before games...Majoring in economics.
RIVERS UP CLOSE
Favorite class: Calculus
Favorite book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite sports figure: Tiger Woods
Favorite sport other than basketball: baseball
Best athlete he has competed against: Jerryd Bayless, Portland Trailblazers
Person in history he would most like to meet: Martin Luther King
Why I chose the University of Pittsburgh: challenging academically, everything is within walking distance, student life is vibrant
What I like most about the city of Pittsburgh: the people are honest and friendly
Happiest/most gratifying moment in sports: being on ESPN
Hobbies: playing video games, eating, Facebooking
If I could choose one word to describe myself it would be: blessed
If I could play another sport at Pitt it would be: ultimate frisbee
When I was a kid, I pretended to be: in clutch situations in every sport