Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who declared for the NBA draft on March 31, has changed his mind and will return to Georgetown for his senior year, according to an ESPN.com report.
Smith-Rivera’s decision to enter the NBA draft was a surprise. Although he was Georgetown’s leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game, he was not a highly touted NBA prospect. ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford does not list Smith-Rivera, a 6-foot-3 guard who played both back-court positions, among his top 100 prospects for the upcoming draft.
College players have the option of submitting their name for draft consideration but ultimately returning to college as long as they have remaining eligibility and have not hired an agent. According to Georgetown’s release when Smith-Rivera declared for the draft, he intended to seek representation.
A team spokesman said Georgetown has not been informed Smith-Rivera is returning to the team. The ESPN.com report cited confirmation from Smith-Rivera’s mother via Twitter.
With Smith-Rivera coming back next season, the Hoyas (22-11 in 2014-15) will have a veteran presence to go along with L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell, Paul White and Isaac Copeland, who all averaged at least 13 minutes per game last season as freshmen.