March 12, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior men's basketball player Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) and sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), were named Second Team All-District 5 team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
It was the second honor this week for the guards. Starks was named First Team All-BIG EAST and Smith-Rivera earned second team honors.
Georgetown closed out the regular season on Saturday with a 17-13 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the BIG EAST following a loss at sixth-ranked Villanova. The Hoyas, seeded seventh in the BIG EAST Tournament, will play No. 10 seed DePaul (11-20, 3-15) on Wednesday, March 12 at 9 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1.
A two-year captain, Starks leads the team in scoring and assists, averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring, is seventh in the league in assists, fifth in free throw percentage (85.9%), 13th in three-point field goals made (1.7), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7, 122 assists,71 turnovers) and second in minutes played (36.8). Overall this season, he has played 91.2 percent of the team's minutes (1,104-of-1,210) played.
Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career last month, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,188 points in 123 games (a 9.7 per game average) and needs five more points to pass Merlin Wilson ('76) for 29th all-time. Starks also ranks seventh all-time in three-point field goals made (158), sixth in three-point attempts (438), 20th in three-point percentage (36.1%), 11th in free throw percentage (80.3%) and 21st all-time in assists (287).
Smith-Rivera, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times this year, is second on the team with 16.8 points per game, which ranks sixth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is second on the team with 2.7 assists, third on the team with 4.8 rebounds and leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. In BIG EAST games, he averaged 17.4 points per game.
Smith-Rivera, who has six games with at least 20 points this season and is fifth in the league in scoring, also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (15th, 44.7%, free throw percentage (4th, 86.5%), steals (11th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (8th, 39.3%), three-point field goals made (10th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 35.2).
Georgetown's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 47.9 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (1,017 of 2,121).