David Rivers was one of the most highly recruited basketball players in the country out of high school and signed with Notre Dame.
In the summer before his junior year at Notre Dame, he was a passenger in a van that flipped and fell into a ditch. He suffered a 15-inch abdominal wound, but returned to play in 32 games as a junior and went on to become a four-time most valuable player for the Fighting Irish.
Rivers was drafted by the Lakers with the 25th pick in 1988. The 6-foot point guard played backup to Magic Johnson and averaged 2.9 points per game in his only season with the team. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA expansion draft the next season.
Feb. 12, 2011