2012 Intro: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

  • 06/02/2010 7:30 am in

The Essentials: 6-3, 220-lb guard for North Central and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier have offered scholarships. Georgetown, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 19.5 ppg for North Central, which won the 4A state championship.

The Quote: “You can really see that they want to get better and they want to become a better team. They’re all about winning games and whatever it takes to get the job done, that’s what they’re gonna do.” – Smith-Rivera to Inside the Hall after watching IU’s open practice last fall.

The Ranking: ESPN.com ranks Smith-Rivera the 24th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “After struggling some with his outside shot at the beginning of the season, Smith-Rivera has caught fire from deep and is now a very reliable shooter. He is still at his best going to the rim using his power and great ability to change speeds, but now that the perimeter jumper keeps defenders honest he is even tougher to deal with.” – Rivals.com analyst Brian Snow on Smith-Rivera’s performance at the adidas May Classic.

The Video Interview:

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  • JerryCT

    According to Demling we are recruiting Remy Abell for 2011, a 6'4″ guard. Maybe we should include him in our recruiting video and breakdowns . Since this came out of the blue it seems there may be more to the story here.

  • aceman07

    I'd still rather have Patterson, but I'm not saying I'd be disappointed if IU got DSR!

    And the acronym for his name is great!!! Almost as good as VJ3!

  • GFDave

    I sense leadership when I look at this vid.

  • hoosierclarion

    Ya, I am kinda making Patterson No. 1 on my list also. But no denying DSR is right there.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree would love to know more…..not to mention, saw a pic of Remy…he is a big boy!

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree would love to know more…..not to mention, saw a pic of Remy…he is a big boy!

  • Kelin Blab

    Ok who wants to admit….DSR not having any youtube highlights hurts his status with the IU/ITH fanbase. If he is going to get that #1 seed with us, we need youtube. I will be honest and admit it, although I have seen him play up close and personal….which is probably why I am not coaching anymore!

  • GFDave

    I really like the interview clips better. Sometimes the highlight reels are inconclusive because of their limited representation, but the nature of the kid almost always comes through when they answer questions.

  • psvirsky

    Totally agree. Youtube clips are fun but I have a hard time believing the prove anything other than athleticism. Interviews give you an idea of who has a good head on their shoulders – which has a whole lot to do with success.

  • walton

    The interview and the list of schools interested in him give me enough info to know landing him would be a big pick up for IU down the road. I have not really created a wish list seeding, but if I did I think I would be very happy to get anyone in the top ten of that list.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Apparently he's one of [the state of] Kentucky's best prospects … and his offers are from IUPUI and Murray State. I'm not saying he's garbage, but we know where our 2011 efforts should be focused (there's no way he's better than A.Thomas). I hope Abell is a back up for our back up's back up plan.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I wished we could call him DVR, but there's no way around that “Smith-“…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I agree KB … without those sick highlights of Perea throwing down nasty dunks, jumping 37 feet in the air, and swatting shots into the third row, he probably wouldn't have the hype around him (or be my favorite recruit). Reading a report that Perea can dunk and seeing it for yourself are two different things (and the same goes for Patterson). I like the interviews too, but I wish we could have both of DSR–just to get a glimpse, even if it's edited and doctored to maximize his positive attributes.

  • Kelin Blab

    I believe he would be the spring signing guy if JD and Thomas go elsewhere…..Can't wait to see Thomas this season here in Indy….

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Unless grades are the defining issue for Thomas, I don't think there's any way he'd go somewhere else if Crean opened up a scholarship for him (given his interviews). Again, not trying to bash on the Abell, just stating my preference for Thomas (and the fact that we've opened up a dialog with Abell makes me concerned about our chances with JD and AT … and since we haven't even offered AT yet, I don't think this is something to put pressure on AT to sign).

  • marcusgresham

    I also think Perrea gets more love because there are numerous guards/wings on the wish list, but the big guys are fewer to come by (especially the athletic freak big guys.)

  • iubase

    I haven't seen this kid play and I have not seen highlights so I will go with the consensus here. I did like the interview but am concerned that Kentucky seems to be hot on his trail. I would ask people who have seen him and Yogi play – Which one is quicker? Who would be the better point guard? My bias is that Yogi is quicker and may be the better point guard and DSR would be better to be a 2….he'd be a great recruit for CTC to pick up –

  • Kelin Blab

    Yogi is quicker
    Yogi is more of a point guard
    But DSR would be that immediate impact player without a doubt. If you have DSR in your backcourt, you are building the Izzo type of team big and strong at all 5 spots, good rebounding, and tough.

  • Taskmaster75

    DSR is of a normal height as well compared to Yogi.

  • marcusgresham

    He's not peddling crack from his sneakers, so he's an upgrade from the last Kentucky player IU recruited.

  • wbellamy

    Jody Demling says that if he keeps improving (Remy Abell) he could be better than a mid-major player. Am scratching my head, but most of you know more about this game than I.

  • marcusgresham

    I also think Perrea gets more love because there are numerous guards/wings on the wish list, but the big guys are fewer to come by (especially the athletic freak big guys.)

  • marcusgresham

    Yogi's more like Boo Boo when you put him up to the yardstick