Smith-Rivera Set To Visit

Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill standout D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is one of the top guards in the 2012 class, and this weekend he will be in Raleigh taking an official visit to NC State.

Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill standout D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is one of the top guards in the country, as he is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 30 player overall in the 2012 class.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is a prolific scorer and his reputation was built on his ability to put the ball in the basket.

"I feel like I really don't have any weaknesses to my games, but I think I can still improve in all areas," Smith-Rivera stated. "I just want to be the best, and that's why I came down here to Oak Hill. I feel like it's a good fit for me, and with the work I'm putting in I will have positive results.

A standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central, Smith-Rivera transferred this summer to Oak Hill so he could face elite competition and continue to develop as a player. Capable of playing both guard positions, Smith-Rivera plans on being used in a variety of ways this season.

"I think I'll play a lot at both guard spots," he stated. "Coach Smith wants me to score the ball... he wants me to be a scorer. But, he also wants me to just make plays and find open guys."

Because of his versatility, Smith-Rivera is a hot commodity. Last winter he committed to Xavier, only to decommit from the Musketeers a couple of months later. However, they remain on his list, along with several other programs.

"Xavier, NC State, Louisville, Georgetown, Memphis, and Purdue have been in to see me," Smith-Rivera said. "Michigan State was on me before I came down here so they will probably be in to see me too."

With that being said, he has already scheduled three official visits and could be taking others.

"This weekend I'm actually going down to NC State for an official visit," said Smith-Rivera. "The interest from them has picked up a lot recently, mainly since I got to Oak Hill. They contacted me throughout the summer, but it wasn't as steady as now."

NC State coaches have been in to evaluate Smith-Rivera, and their pitch to him is simple.

"The NC State coaches have told me they want guys that can come in and make plays," he said. "They are looking to get to the next level. They want guys that can make plays and score the basketball.

"I know some of the players that are at NC State right now, and I've looked up information on player from the past. The education is definitely going to be there so that's good. I'll go down there for my visit and we will see what happens from there."

Joining Smith-Rivera on his visit will be current teammate Tyler Lewis. A 5-foot-11 point guard, Lewis has been committed to NC State since last year and also transferred to Oak Hill for his senior season. The duo is expected to be the starting backcourt for Oak Hill, and Lewis will also be taking an official visit to NC State on Friday.

"We're looking forward to this year," said Smith-Rivera. "I think we're going to have the best team in the country with the players we have.

"It's always good to play with a guy who is so unselfish and can make plays, and that's Tyler. I've known him for quite a while, and we're real good friends. We carry it over onto the court and play well together."

If NC State is going to land Smith-Rivera they will have to beat out some top competition. He has scheduled an official visit to Georgetown the weekend of September 23rd, and he plans to take an official visit to Louisville for their Midnight Madness.

Smith-Rivera maintains that he is wide open and will use the official visits to make a final decision.

"Right now I'm going to take my visits and see what happens," he said. "Hopefully my decision will be made soon but however the long process takes it will take.

"Right now, I don't have a leader. It's pretty much open as of now."


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