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Monday / June 5.
  • Big Recruiting Weekend at Xavier (UPDATED)

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    This has turned into a big recruiting weekend for Xavier and head coach Chris Mack.

    D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 out of Indianapolis North Central, committed to Xavier during a campus visit.

    “D’Vauntes chose X for a lot of reasons,” Kelana Rivera, Smith-Rivera’s mother, told Jeff Borzello of NBE Basketball. “One, that they believe in him so much and he believes in them. The pieces that they are putting together will be exciting. After all the campuses and coaches that D has seen, X feels like home to him. There are lots more reasons, but that’s the gist of it.”

    The story was broken by Alex Kline at The Recruit Scoop.

    The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Smith-Rivera also considered Georgetown, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and Wake Forest.

    “D’Vauntes has been one of the best players that I have coached,” Mark Adams, Smith-Rivera’s AAU coach with Team Indiana Elite, told NBE Basketball. “He would fit great with any program in the country. Any program.”

    On top of that, Michael Chandler, the No. 4 center in the Class of 2011, is enjoying his official to Xavier this weekend.

    “I love it here!!!” he said by text.

    The 6-10 Chandler, out of Indianapolis Lawrence North, said he’s also considering Providence, UConn and Indiana. He is expected to visit Indiana next week.

    Xavier is also expecting St. Anthony point guard Kyle Anderson on an unofficial Nov. 5. He is the No. 1 floor general in the Class of 2012.


    Ryan Boatright, who decommitted Friday from West Virginia, is now being courted by UConn, which missed out on point guards Josiah Turner (Arizona) and Jabarie Hinds (West Virginia), according to sources with knowledge…Kamari Murphy ’11 of Lincoln (NY) and Daniel Dingle ’12 of St. Ray’s are currently on an unofficial visit to West Virginia this weekend...Taylor Plummer ’12 of St. Patrick (NJ), brother of UMBC’s Chase Plummer, took an unofficial visit to Quinnipiac this weekend…Alabama PF Reggie Spencer has committed to Northeastern, per Eric Bossi…Chris Bolden has verbally committed to Miami (FL), according to @DMcDonaldHoopsJarnell Stokes ‘12 is on an unofficial visit to Tennessee today…Joey Ptasinski ’11, a shooting guard of @NewHamptonHoops, has verbally committed to Lafayette.

    –Alex Kline and Adam Zagoria

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.