Austin Reaves, the rising star representing Team USA, recently earned a commendation that any aspiring basketball player would treasure – a compliment from none other than Kyrie Irving.

During Team USA’s preparation against Puerto Rico, the Mavericks superstar was visibly impressed by Reaves’ move, which he witnessed while doing an Instagram Live stream.

“Somebody tell Austin Reaves to stay out of coach [Phil] Handy’s coaching clinic,” Irving playfully remarked, lauding Reaves’ ball-handling skills.

Reaves, in his characteristically humble manner, responded to Irving’s compliment after Team USA’s victory over Greece.

“It’s cool,” he said with a modest smile. “I grew up watching Kyrie. His talent level is as high as it gets; he’s one of the most skilled players to ever play the game. So for him to compliment my game, it means a lot.

“He worked with Phil [Handy] for a long time in Cleveland. I think they still work together. So, he knows the work that Phil puts in. Phil’s every day is a grinder. I’ve got much love and much appreciation for Phil.”