Smith-Rivera makes his pick

On Saturday D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera made his decision public in front of friends and family during a press conference.

The long recruitment of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has come to an end during a press conference at his middle school on Saturday evening. After receiving offers beginning during his freshman season, Smith-Rivera is now off the board and headed to the Big East.

"D'Vauntes is going to Georgetown, it is official," said Kelana Rivera, the mother of Smith-Rivera.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Smith-Rivera is one of the most physical guards in the country. Using his strength and feel for the game, Smith-Rivera is a scoring combo guard who has the ability to fill time at either spot in the backcourt.

Originally Smith-Rivera committed to Xavier roughly a year ago, but a few months later de-committed and opened up his recruitment. Since then he entertained offers from Texas, North Carolina State, Louisville, Memphis, and others before eventually settling on the Hoyas.

"It just felt like home," Smith-Rivera told of Georgetown. "When I took my visit there I enjoyed my time with the coaches, I really liked the academics, and it was a place that just felt like home.

Another factor that played a huge role in Smith-Rivera's recruitment was the way that Georgetown told him they would use his unique skill set.

"The coaches just told me that not everyone can play in their system," said Smith-Rivera. "They showed me where I fit in, and how they would use me. Also they explained that they do get out and run, and it isn't just that run a set every time out, they do play in transition."

Following his transfer from Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central to Mouth of the Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, Smith-Rivera has gotten into the best shape of his life, and looks quicker and more explosive than he has in the past.

Currently Smith-Rivera is ranked as the No. 30 player in the nation. He joins three-star power forward Brandon Bolden in Georgetown's 2012 recruiting class.

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