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Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Declares for NBA Draft, Then Changes Mind

Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is putting his hat in the NBA Draft ring. Hoyas head coach John Thompson III announced Smith-Rivera’s decision in a press release on Tuesday (via The Washington Times):

“D’Vauntes has decided to enter the NBA Draft,” Thompson said. “He has given a great deal to this program and we will do everything we can to help him pursue his goals.” 

Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with averages of 16.3 points and 3.2 assists on the year, and he also pulled down 4.2 rebounds per game. His scoring and rebounding numbers were a bit down from his sophomore year, when he averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. His shooting efficiency also came down, as he shot 42.1 percent overall and 38.7 percent from three as a junior after shooting 44.5 percent overall and 39.3 percent from three as a sophomore.

Smith-Rivera earned All-Big East First Team honors and led the Hoyas to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 6’3 guard had 25 points in Georgetown’s opening-round win over Eastern Washington, but he struggled in a loss to Utah in the next round, scoring just 12 points and missing all seven of his three-pointers.

There’s a good chance Smith-Rivera doesn’t get drafted, as both ESPN’s Chad Ford and DraftExpress don’t have him as a top 100 prospect:

Not a good mixture for NBA success, but Smith-Rivera could find his place overseas.


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