Nov. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill Academy/North Central) was one of 50 college basketball players selected to the Wooden Award Watch List by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Smith-Rivera, who was also selected to the Bog Cousy Award Watch List, was named the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Player of the Year and was named to the preseason all-league first team.
The junior guard is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection, earning second team league honors in 2013-14 as a sophomore and All-Rookie honors as a freshman during the 2012-13 season.
Last year, Smith-Rivera led the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game, which ranked third in the BIG EAST Conference. He also finished second on the team in rebounding (and 18th in the league), averaging 5.0 boards per game. In addition, he contributed 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game, which ranked ninth in the league. He led the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (87.3%) and connected on 39.3 percent of his three-point field goals (66-of-168), which ranked seventh in the league. Smith-Rivera, who was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times last year, had seven games with at least 20 points.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and `11). Creighton's Doug McDermott won the award last season.
The Hoyas opened the 2014-15 season on Saturday, beating St. Francis (BKLYN), 83-62, at Verizon Center. GU plays again on Tuesday, Nov. 18, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christ. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 2, with Scott Graham and Donny Marshall calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.