Smith-Rivera talks visits

With two official visits in the book, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is beginning to sort through his recruitment.

For top 30 guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, it is beginning to get down to the end of his recruitment. Two official visits have been taken, and two more are scheduled. After that the process of coming to a decision will begin to be made.

The most recent official visit for Smith-Rivera was to Georgetown. The Hoyas have been recruiting Smith-Rivera hard for a while, and made a good presentation on the visit.

"As far as basketball, the system that they have, it isn't as bad as a lot of people were making it out to seem," said Smith-Rivera. "They don't run as much as the usual Big East team, but it seems like a good team and a good area to be surrounded by."

He continued, "They made a really good impression on me. I had a lot of questions and they answered all of them. On top of that you can't go wrong with Georgetown from an academic standpoint, so they answered a lot of questions for me and showed me a good time."

Previous to the Georgetown visit, Smith-Rivera made an official trip to NC State. It was the first time he had visited the school, and it was an eye opener for him.

"I just started talking to them, and they are trying to bring back that big time team that they had once upon a time," said Smith-Rivera of the Wolfpack. "They are trying to bring in some big time kids and get that started again."

Smith-Rivera added, "The campus is big and it has a nice atmosphere. I got to see a football game, and they wanted me to feel at home, and I had a good time there."

Next up for Smith-Rivera will be a trip to Louisville. The Cardinals have been recruiting Smith-Rivera ever since he re-opened his recruitment in December, and now he is looking forward to making an official visit to the school.

"Louisville has always been high on my list," Smith-Rivera explained. "Their atmosphere is great, and it is a great area and a good program. Coach (Rick) Pitino is a great coach, and they are a real solid Big East team. They have the pieces to be great over the next couple of years."

Recently the Cardinals landed a commitment from a point guard, Terry Rozier, but Smith-Rivera says that is no concern for him, and he actually likes the idea of playing alongside other talented players.

"They haven't said too much about it, and I know I have no problem with it at all," Smith-Rivera said. "That is the kind of thing I like to come in and be on a team with other guards who can play and help me out on the floor."

Smith-Rivera's last scheduled visit will be to Memphis on October 28. It will be his first trip to the school, and the Tigers are a definite threat in this recruitment.

"Memphis has been talking to me ever since I got to Oak Hill," said Smith-Rivera. "Me and Damien Wilson are good friends. Coach (Josh) Pastner is a genuine person, and the whole coaching staff has been doing a great job."

At one point in time Smith-Rivera was debating visits to Xavier and Michigan State, but he now says no plans have been made or are likely to be made to visit either of those two schools.

Currently there is no leader, and no timeframe for a decision. Smith-Rivera indicated a decision could come in the early signing period, but nothing is set in stone for him in that regard. When it does come time to make a choice, Smith-Rivera says one thing will standout above anything else.

"It will be a gut feeling," said Smith-Rivera. "It isn't like one school has too much more to offer than another school, they all have great things to offer. So my choice will come down to that gut feeling of which school is the best for me."

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