2012 Intro: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera
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.
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