Xaviers Strikes In Indiana ... Again
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 24, 2010

Xavier scored a big commitment shortly after their Musketeer Madness festivities.

Xavier's pipeline in Indiana continued in a big way this weekend.

Shortly after Musketeer Madness, where Xavier hosted a number of prospects, they picked up a verbal commitment from highly regarded combo guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

"I feel comfortable with the coaching staff and I feel like they have my best interest at heart," Smith-Rivera told Scout.com. "I think along with that and the system they have it's a win-win situation for me to go there."

Mack and assistant coach Travis Steele have built an impressive pipeline in the state of Indiana. They currently have three players on the team from the bordering state, plus 2011 commit Dee Davis, who is a native of Indiana.

"Travis that's like my big brother," Smith-Rivera said. "Coach Steele and the way he recruited me and the way he approached it was just a comfortable feeling. I felt like I could believe everything he said. I think he was truly honest about the way he recruited me."

Ohio State, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Miami and Indiana were also involved in Smith-Rivera's recruitment. He took unofficial visits to all of the schools involved except Miami.

"My parents wanted me to actually know what I was looking for in a school [before I decided]," he added. "I think my parents knew for a long time that it was going to come down to this school."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound strongly built guard is ranked as the No. 5 shooting guard in the junior class. He also checks in at No. 37 overall.

A standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central, Smith-Rivera becomes the first 2012 prospect to commit to Xavier.

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