Smith-Rivera Talks About Busy Weekend

Bloomington - Indianapolis North Central H.S. standout D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera talks about a busy weekend of unofficial visits to both Xavier and Indiana, plus a visit he'll be making to the doctor on Monday...

Bloomington – D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was in demand and on the move this weekend.

The 6'3", 200-pound Indianapolis North Central H.S. sophomore started things off on Friday by driving to Cincinnati along with his parents for an unofficial visit to Coach Chris Mack's Xavier progam. After watching the Musketeers workout, it was a race against time to make it to Bloomington for the second half of Hoosier Hysteria.

Once the Hoosiers wrapped up their season-opening practice, the Class of 2012 prospect spent some time talking with the IU coaches and players and then spent the night in Bloomington along with his AAU teammates Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin. The trio then returned to Assembly Hall to watch a more traditional Indiana basketball practice Saturday afternoon.

"The route was pretty long, but me and my family enjoyed both parts of it," Smith-Rivera said Sunday afternoon. "At Xavier, the practice was real intense and we enjoyed that trip. Then Hoosier Hysteria was just as much fun, and a really great atmosphere."

Earlier in the week it appeared that the Xavier trip would get in the way of Smith-Rivera's appearance at Hoosier Hysteria and that he'd instead only be in town on Saturday. But the IU coaching staff wanted him to be on hand if at all possible, and Smith-Rivera also wanted to fit it in if at all possible.

"They pushed me pretty hard to try to get there, but as hard as they were pushing, I wanted to be there just as bad, too," Smith-Rivera said. "So we made it down there as quickly as we could."

While there was an interest on his part to once again witness the hoopla surrounding the event, Smith-Rivera also welcomed a chance to talk with members of the IU coaching staff as well as a couple members of the team. He said he spoke with Daniel Moore, Christian Watford and fellow Indianapolis product Devan Dumes about the program and the recruiting process, and how they went about managing the recruiting the recruiting process.

"Everyone there just talked about making the best decision for me," Smith Rivera said. "Of course, they're also emphasizing that they think I should go to IU."

Indiana's players and coaches aren't the only ones voicing their opinions about where Smith-Rivera should go to college. As a well-known Indiana high school star, Smith-Rivera hears similar opinions from many in the Indianapolis area. But with scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier and Tennessee to date, he's simply looking to remain patient and see what else develops before he thinks about making a decision.

"As of right now, I'm really not sure which school I'll choose," Smith-Rivera said. "I still have interest in quite a few. The schools I've seen so far, they've all stood out in their own way, Indiana included."

Smith-Rivera is hoping to get back out on the road again before too long to continue to research his various options, but he first has a medical issue to sort out. He said about a week ago he suffered a knee injury while he was working out, and he's going to have the knee x-rayed Monday morning.

"I was working out and a I tried to stop and take a back dribble and it pretty well gave out on me," Smith-Rivera said.

While he can't be sure everything is okay until after he sees the doctor Monday, he's optimistic that it's not anything that will cut into his sophomore season at North Central.

"Hopefully it's nothing that will keep me away too long," Smith-Rivera said. "I doubt it, but we'll see."


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