Georgetown announced that junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera would declare for the NBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Smith-Rivera will hire an agent according to the school’s press release, which means that he will be ineligible to play for the Hoyas next season. Some quick breakdowns of the development are below.
A Surprising Decision
Smith-Rivera impressed in his three years on the Hilltop, earning a spot on an all-conference team after each season – All-Rookie
as a freshman, Second Team as a sophomore and First Team as a junior. He averaged 16.2 points per game last season and could have conceivably been the fourth player in school history to score 2,000 career points if he had stayed for his senior season (Patrick Ewing, Sleepy Floyd and Alonzo Mourning are the only Hoyas to have done so).
Although Smith-Rivera has shown the ability to dominate at the collegiate level, his pro prospects are murkier. DraftExpress.com ranks Smith-Rivera as the 61st junior in the country and NBADraft.net has him as the 32nd junior. After the news broke this afternoon, ESPN draft expert Chad Ford tweeted that Smith-Rivera was the first person outside of his top 100 prospects to declare (freshman forward Isaac Copeland ranks 66th on that list).
With that said, most of the knocks on Smith-Rivera are more related to his physical abilities than his skill-set. Another year at Georgetown wasn’t going to make Smith-Rivera three inches taller, and given the fact that Smith-Rivera is already 22, the case can be made that it makes sense for him to start his pro career sooner rather than later. Continue reading