While high-major point guards have been committing left and right over the past couple of months, combo guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has been playing it close to the vest.
Smith-Rivera isn’t worried about that at all.
“He’s choosing between some great programs,” Kelana Rivera, his mother, said. “And we’re more confident that wherever he goes, it will be a great fit for him.”
The 6-foot-3 Indiana native left for Oak Hill Academy (Va.) a few weeks ago, and is just beginning to dive back into the recruiting process.
According to his mother, two official visits have been set: Georgetown the weekend of September 23 and Louisville the weekend of October 14.
“He won’t be deciding before then,” Rivera said.
A trip to Xavier – where Smith-Rivera originally committed – was in the works, but there was scheduling conflicts. The Musketeers are still very much in the mix, though.
“He has always been very high on Xavier, and still is,” Rivera said. “The weekend that we wanted to visit them, D’Vauntes has a game and SAT. So we are still trying to figure that one out.”
Michigan State is another school often mentioned with Smith-Rivera, although talks between the two have slowed down since Smith-Rivera left the Midwest.
“We haven’t talked to Michigan State much since D has been at school,” Rivera said.
Rivera said North Carolina State and Memphis are also trying to get involved in her son’s recruitment lately, and they are both very much under consideration.
Smith-Rivera is a scoring guard who has the ability to handle the ball and initiate offense for other, but he is much more dangerous when looking to create his own shot. He has deep range on his jumper, and his strong frame enables him to finish effectively in the lane. Smith-Rivera ranks No. 39 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
Since he has already committed to a school once, Smith-Rivera knows what he wants in a school and wants to be sure he makes the right choice.
“How well the school, staff and style suits the type of person and player he is,” Rivera said. “Many other things, like player development, as well. But all those are key.”
All signs point to a decision being made in the fall, but not for at least another month.
“Not sure yet exactly when he will be deciding,” Rivera said. “No real timeline just yet.”
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