Family Ties: Rivers Father-Son Combo Becomes 8th Set of All-Americans
Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers became only the eighth son of an All-American to receive the same national recognition as his dad (two-time Marquette All-American guard Glenn "Doc" Rivers). A possible family candidate next season to join this select group is Missouri playmaker Flip Pressey, a son of former Tulsa All-American Paul Pressey.
If Rivers had returned to the Blue Devils to try to improve his assist-to-turnover ratio rather than declaring early for the NBA draft, he and his dad could have become the first father-son duo to each be a multiple-season All-American.
No father-son combination ever earned All-American status for the same university. Virginia Tech probably should have been the first school in this category but the Hokies didn't pursue the son (Stephen Curry) of their lone NCAA consensus All-American (Dell Curry) in a meaningful fashion, which is probably why they never thrived under coach Seth Greenberg. Following is an alphabetical list of the first eight father-son tandems in this elite category:
|Father||School||A-A Year(s)||Son||School||A-A Years(s)|
|Henry Bibby||UCLA||1972||Mike Bibby||Arizona||1998|
|Dell Curry||Virginia Tech||1986||Stephen Curry||Davidson||2008 and 2009|
|Bob Ferry||St. Louis||1959||Danny Ferry||Duke||1988 and 1989|
|Stan Love||Oregon||1971||Kevin Love||UCLA||2008|
|John Lucas Jr.||Maryland||1974 through 1976||John Lucas III||Oklahoma State||2004|
|Scott May||Indiana||1975 and 1976||Sean May||North Carolina||2005|
|Doc Rivers||Marquette||1982 and 1983||Austin Rivers||Duke||2012|
|Jimmy Walker||Providence||1965 through 1967||Jalen Rose||Michigan||1994|