Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Latest DC Sports Rookie to Dazzle in Debut

By Merlisa
Kim Klement-US Presswire

In a town that loves acronyms — CIA and FBI are being widely used this week — Georgetown Hoyas freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is already getting the 3-letter word treatment.

They call him “DSR” and so far Smith-Rivera’s got game to back the fame.

Sunday, after the Hoyas star forward Otto Porter left the game with an apparent eye injury, Smith-Rivera took over and led the Hoyas to a 61-55 win over the Duquesne Dukes.

He scored 19 points and shot an amazing 85.7 percent from the field, including 4-4 from 3-point range.

Georgetown’s faithful took to Twitter and Facebook touting the exploits of DSR.

It’s just one game, but Smith-Rivera joins an elite class of newcomers to the DC sports scene who have exceeded expectations.  This includes Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffith III (RGIII) and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the National League Rookie of the Year.

Smith-Rivera delighted the crowd at the Hoyas home opener against Duquesne when he went 5-fo-5 in the first half.  His shooting was one of the few bright spots.  In fact  even with his performance, the Hoyas shot just 41.5 percent from the field.

Perhaps in attempt to keep the freshman’s head in check, Hoyas coach John Thompon III played down Smith-Rivera’s dazzling debut.  “He was open, his teammates found him and he put the ball in the basket,” Thompson said. “I think that’s always how we’ve operated; that’s how we have to operate, where we’re just getting the ball to the open guy.”

That won’t stop fans from getting excited about “DSR”, who they hope will soon be the talk of the town.


Merlisa blogs about Georgetown and Big East basketball.  Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa


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