Louisville eyes 2012 standout

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, one of the top players in the Class of 2012, is getting recruiting attention from Louisville. This weekend, the 6'3 guard made a visit to the Bluegrass and picked up another offer during a trip to Ohio. The Indianapolis (IN) North Central spoke with InsideTheVille.com about the Cardinals and his recent visits.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, one of the top prospects nationally in the Class of 2012, already holds offers from Indiana, Tennessee and Purdue. The 6'3 shooting guard from Indianapolis visited Kentucky and Xavier this weekend and picked up a new offer.

"I went to Kentucky Saturday," Smith-Rivera said. "I enjoyed it. I got to see some of the new guys that came in like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins play. It was pretty good. They didn't speak too much about an offer but they told me they were heavily recruiting me. Hopefully pretty soon they'll be offering me."

While Smith-Rivera enjoyed his visit to Kentucky, he picked up another scholarship on his trip to Xavier.

"Today (Sunday) I visited Xavier and they offered me. They gave me a tour around campus and it was pretty good," he said. "I didn't know what to expect going down there but I really like it. It really changed my perspective about them and they'll be a factor in my decision."

Smith-Rivera was supposed to visit Louisville this weekend too but had to reschedule. He said he's been to Louisville a "few times" in the past and that the Cardinals began recruiting him this summer.

"I didn't make it down this weekend but I like it down there," Smith-Rivera said. "Louisville has a pretty nice campus and I think they have a great program. I just want to get down soon to see what they're really about and get to know some of their players."

Smith-Rivera averaged 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman. He said he keeps in touch with Rick Pitino's coaching staff.

"I keep in contact with pretty much all the coaches at Louisville, it isn't just one," Smith-Rivera said. "I'm not sure when I'll get down there for a visit but hopefully it will be sometime soon."

Though it's still early in his recruiting process, Smith-Rivera has been doing his homework on the schools that are recruiting him and he's trying to visit as many schools as possible.

"I have a lot of schools in mind right now but I really don't know where I want to end up," Smith-Rivera said. "I'm just taking my time right now and weighing my options and talking it out with my parents."

Smith-Rivera said he improved his jump shot during the summer.

"He was unbelievable all summer long," said Smith-Rivera's AAU coach Drew Adams. "I don't know if we played a guard all year that was better than he was right now. He's tremendously smart on the floor and he's very strong. He always gets the big bucket when we needed it and he rebounds well."

Smith-Rivera has also visited Purdue, Indiana and Tennessee and North Carolina has started recruiting him. "I think he's really early in the process right now and just trying to see a bunch of schools," said Adams. "He's just trying to get a feel for everything right now.


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