Smith-Rivera Names A Leader

NC State hosted Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill standout guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera for a visit this past weekend, and he left impressed with the Wolfpack.

NC State hosted Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill standout guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera for a visit this past weekend, and he left impressed with the Wolfpack.

"I enjoyed the visit," said Smith-Rivera. "It was nice getting to know some of the players on the team, and the coaching staff made me feel comfortable. They introduced me to everybody. It was great to get to know everyone... it was a good feeling."

Serving as the player host for Smith-Rivera was senior guard Alex Johnson.

"He was great," said Smith-Rivera. "I loved hanging out with him. He really showed me what college life is like there."

Smith-Rivera said one of the highlights of the visit was attending NC State's football game against South Alabama.

"The atmosphere was great," he stated. "A lot of fans came out even though the weather was bad. It was really good to see, all that support."

Because it was his first chance to really tour NC State, Smith-Rivera didn't know what to expect of the Wolfpack's facilities. Those stood out as well.

"Great facilities, real impressive," he said. "They were really, really nice. You could tell with as many seats that the basketball arena had they have a lot of fans and a big fanbase.

"Seeing that and just with the people I've met, you can tell they want to bring NC State back to the top of the ACC."

Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 30 player overall in the 2012 class, Smith-Rivera certainly has options. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder will visit Georgetown next weekend and is scheduled to visit Louisville on October 14th. He's also considering Xavier, Michigan State, Memphis, and Purdue among others.

As it stands now, does he have a leader?

"I'm still open to everybody, but you can say NC State would be my leader right now," he stated. "They definitely showed me the red carpet treatment this weekend. They are very genuine with their players, and they make you feel wanted. Everyone was a joy to be around."


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