WALTERBORO, S.C. – Charismatic point guard Makhi Rivers from James Island, S.C., has signed with USC Salkehatchie for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Rivers becomes the second player from the Lowcountry to join the Salkehatchie program for the 2023-24 season, joining fellow Lowcountry signee Jai Chisolm of Summerville High School.
Rivers, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 160-pound guard, played for Coach Quinton Hollis at Oceanside Collegiate Academy. Oceanside went 24-6 this past season and finished the season one game shy of a state championship. Rivers averaged 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals over his 3 years at Oceanside Collegiate Academy, including all-region awards and all-state accolades. He was also named to the "North vs. South" all-star game.
"Heart and Hustle. That's why we signed Makhi, and that's what our fans can expect from him," said USC Salkehatchie Head Coach Matt Lynch. "Makhi is a first-class, young man, who comes from a first-class family. He is coming in with the mindset that he needs to continue to develop his game and become even more aggressive offensively. I look forward to working with him this season to help him prepare for a future in the NCAA."
Oceanside started the season 2-2 before Rivers and company went to work, winning 15 of the next 16 games. Their season came to a close after losing to Gray Collegiate Academy in the state championship game.
"Makhi Rivers is what every coach dreams of, a dog that doesn't back down to anybody," said Coach Hollis. "He is consistent and is still getting better at the point guard position. I'm excited to see what his next chapter holds at USC Salkehatchie."
Rivers intends to pursue a degree in business administration.