After a junior season in which he was named all-Big East First Team, Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has decided to skip his senior of eligibility and declare for June’s NBA Draft.
Smith-Rivera made the decision on Tuesday and has plans to sign with an agent, making his playing days at Georgetown history.
Georgetown’s athletic site confirmed the news:
“D’Vauntes has decided to enter the NBA Draft,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “He has given a great deal to this program and we will do everything we can to help him pursue his goals.”
Last season, Smith-Rivera averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting .421 percent from the field, .861 from the free-throw line and .387 percent from three-point range. He was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District II team and to the All-District 5 Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Smith-Rivera led his Hoyas to a 22-11 overall (12-6 in conference play) record this season, which resulted in a No.4 seed in the NCAA tournament. Georgetown beat Eastern Washington in the Round of 64 before ending their season in the Round of 32 to Utah.
At 6’3”, 214 pounds, Smith-Rivera may be a bit undersized to play shooting guard in the NBA, so he may have to make it as a point guard at the next level. This move is a bit perplexing considering Smith-Rivera is not on the draft boards at either NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com.