D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a 6’4,” 220 lb guard from Indianapolis’ North Central High School, the alma mater of basketball players Eric Gordon and Jason Gardner as well as singer Babyface and Subway pitchman “Jared.” The efficient and rugged sophomore, who, at times, was asked to play power forward for his high school team, helped lead the school to a State Title in the largest classification for Indiana, 4A, scoring twenty-five points in the state semi-finals and generating sixteen points and six rebounds in the Indiana State Championship game. Among those coaches in attendance for his state title game were Tom Crean, Bruce Weber, Roy Williams, Matt Painter, and Tubby Smith. After the season, the Associated Press named him to the Indiana All-State team, the only sophomore to make either the First or Second-Team All-State. Smith-Rivera’s recruitment has naturally heated up and he spoke with us in his native Indiana about his recent achievements and the latest in his recruitment.
Can you talk about the run and experience of winning the state title?
I mean it was a great experience, but I really didn’t know how to feel after the game. It was a great feeling afterwards, but I had butterflies before the game.
I wasn’t there, but I heard it was a pretty big crowd.
Right, right, it was a pretty big crowd, but, throughout the season, we didn’t have too much fan support. As we kept winning more and advancing, they started showing up.
What about making Second-Team All-State, regardless of class, in Indiana?
That was also a great feeling. I mean being All-State as a sophomore in this state was a big honor. It was a real honor to be associated with all of those guys at the top.
The forty-one point game you had the other at the AAU Tournament. How does that stack up with some of the other best games of your life? Were you just feeling it that day? What happened?
Yeah, it was actually my career high so far. It was just one of those days, where I envisioned it just going in. I was hitting everything.
Let’s move to recruiting. Which schools are recruiting you? Who’s
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