Just one week after declaring himself eligible, Georgetown Hoyas guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has reversed his course. According to Brian Snow of Scout.com, the junior has chosen to return to school for his senior season.
http://t.co/44iBhXrJ1P has learned that D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will return to Georgetown after initially declaring for the draft
— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) April 7, 2015
It isn’t a very surprising decision.
Smith-Rivera was not selected in mock drafts listed by both Nbadraft.net and DraftExpress, nor was he on either site’s big board. On top of that, ESPN’s Chad Ford did not have Smith-Rivera listed in his famous Top 100.
This only proves that Smith-Rivera returning to the Hoyas for his senior season is the right choice.
Sure, he averaged 16.3 points and shot 38.7 percent from three-point range this past season, but both were a step down from his sophomore numbers (17.6 PPG, .393 3P%). Adding onto that is the fact that almost half of his shots this year were from long range and as a result, he shot just 42.1 percent from the field after making 44.5 percent of his attempts as a sophomore.
But the best part about Smith-Rivera going back to school is that it gives the Hoyas hope for next year.
Georgetown is losing five players to graduation, and losing Smith-Rivera along with them would leave next year’s young studs in Isaac Copeland, Tre Campbell and Trey Mourning (son of former Georgetown great and Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning) without a bona fide team leader.
Given how Smith-Rivera has led the Hoyas in scoring each of the past two seasons, having him on the team next year will provide Georgetown basketball with the leadership the young guns need and help him improve his overall game.
Should he succeed, then perhaps his NBA draft stock will rise.
In the meantime, however, Georgetown fans need not fret about going through yet another transitionary year. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is in DC for another year, and that alone will provide stability to a program looking to reestablish itself as a Big East powerhouse.
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