College Basketball Recruiting: 4-Star Guard Narrows His List to 4 Schools
The recruiting of one of the state of Indiana's most recently celebrated guards will be coming to an end tomorrow. D'vauntes Smith-Rivera, a 6'3" combo guard from Indianapolis has narrowed his list down to four schools.
Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis and North Carolina State are the schools from which the talented guard will be choosing. He will officially be making his decision at 5 p.m. at Westlane Middle School in Indianapolis.
This is a monumental decision for any teenager to make, and I will give insight as to why the Indiana native might just chose each of his finalists.
Heading to Washington D.C. to suit up for Georgetown makes perfect sense for Smith-Rivera if he is looking for immediate playing time. The Big East school lost Austin Freeman and Chris Wright to graduation last season, and they are lacking a big-name guard this season.
Adding the powerful guard to the mix for the 2012 season is exactly what head coach John Thompson III needs in order to revamp his nearly bare backcourt cupboard at G-Town. So if he wants to be a showcased talent from day one, this is the school for D'vauntes Smith-Rivera.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is known for breeding guards once they are under his tutelage. The latest of these is Peyton Siva, who is on the cusp of an All-Big East junior season. With a track record like his, it's easy to see why Smith-Rivera could sign with the Cards.
It is very easy to imagine him in Louisville uniform, especially since he plays the physical type of basketball Cardinals fans know and love. He also would come into the program with a chip on his shoulder after sliding a bit in the national rankings since the beginning of his high school career.
It's easy to see why any guard would want to play for the Memphis Tigers. Bottom line is that they produce NBA-ready guards. Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and Chris Douglas-Roberts all recently donned Tigers jerseys before cashing NBA paychecks. Sure, they were all coached by John Calipari, but new head coach Josh Pastner has kept the tradition of great guard play in the Bluff City alive.
Joe Jackson, Will Barton and Chris Crawford are all nationally respected guards who are just sophomores this season. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera could definitely be lured south if after this season the Conference USA power churns out more NBA draft picks.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
Two words. Rodney Purvis. The nationally acclaimed top 10 combo guard recently made giant waves by committing to new Wolfpack head man Mark Gottfried. The 6'4" Raleigh native has been hyped since his ninth grade season, when he began hearing John Wall comparisons.
If Smith-Rivera chooses to play in ACC country, he will be doing so as a sidekick to the super talented Purvis. Some prospects love the idea of playing with other big-name recruits, while others like to create their own individual legacies. I guess by 5 p.m. tomorrow, we will know which kind of recruit D'vauntes Smith-Rivera is.