Born in Houston ... mother is Patricia ... out of high school he signed to play basketball for Arizona State ... recruited by Virginia, Fresno State, Alabama, Xavier, Providence, and Kansas State ... majoring in sociology.
Prepped at Mesa High for two seasons where he averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds and at Jefferson Davis High in Houston ... was two-time all-state ... was all-region in basketball, football and track ... coached by Mike Schmidt.
(1996-98): Played at Utah Valley State College for two seasons ... in 1997-98 he averaged 17.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists ... earned NJCAA honorable mention All-America honors, was named first team All-SWAC, was team MVP, and won the UVSC Crowd Pleaser Award ... had a triple-double versus Snow College ... shot 62.2 percent from the field ... as a freshman he averaged 15.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists ... played for the NJCAA All-Star team in Florida in 1998 and for the NJCAA All-Star team that toured Australia in 1997 ... coached by Jeff Reinert (Gonzaga). (1995-96): Redshirted at Arizona State
Year G-S FGM-A Pct 3PM-A Pct FT-A Pct Reb Avg Pts Avg
98-99 27-22 109-195 .559 0-1 .000 80-136 .588 154 5.7 298 11.0
Total 27-22 109-195 .559 0-1 .000 80-136 .588 154 5.7 298 11.0
1997-1998 | Junior Year
Rivers averaged 11 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first season after transferring from Utah Valley State College ... He finished the season as BYU's second leading scorer and rebounder ... During the conference season, Rivers averaged 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest ... Rivers led the team in scoring six times, including a career high 26 points in a win over Denver ... He was the team's top rebounder on nine occasions, highlighted by a career-high 13 boards against Fresno State ... He scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in BYU's final home win against UTEP and then had a team-high 10 rebounds in the Cougars' upset win over TCU in the WAC Tournament ... Rivers scored 23 points against the highly ranked Utah Utes in BYU's final game of the season ... He led BYU in blocked shots with 19.