Georgetown's Smith-Rivera Earns Freshman All-America Honor
April 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University freshman men's basketball player D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) has been named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team, which was announced on Monday as part of the CollegeInsider.com award program. The top freshman will be announced and will receive his award on April 5 in Atlanta, the site of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.
This is one of several awards for Hoyas in the postseason. Smith-Rivera was an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection and was one of three Georgetown players to earn all-league honors, joined by sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, and junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who was a third team selection. Porter Jr. was also named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Smith-Rivera was one of five players selected to the BIG EAST's All-Rookie Team. Smith-Rivera was one of the team's first players off the bench for much of the season and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 8.9 points per game, adding 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 39 three-point field goals in the process.
In 18 BIG EAST games, he was third on the team with 11.1 points and fourth with 3.8 rebounds. Smith-Rivera, who was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Feb. 25, scored a career-high 33 points in a win over DePaul on Feb, 20, the most points for a Georgetown freshman since 1996.
The 21-member Freshman All-America Team announced Monday includes Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State), John Brown (High Point), Omar Calhoun (Connecticut), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Semaj Christon (Xavier), Damyean Dotson (Oregon), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Danuel House (Houston), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), JaKarr Sampson (St. John's), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Smith-Rivera.
Georgetown finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas won a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and were the No. 1 seed in the tournament after posting a 14-4 record in league play. The Hoyas were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and closed out the regular season with 12 wins in 13 games. The Hoyas are one of only four schools in the country to be ranked in the Associated Press top-10 at least once in each of the last seven seasons and Georgetown is also ranked fifth nationally in Associated Press top-25 poll appearances (116) since January 2006.