Not sure what it is about the city of Indianapolis, but there has to be something in the water when it comes to Xavier and prospects from the circle city backing out. Just short of a few months from the Musketeers cutting ties with 2011 recruit Michael Chandler, 2012 verbal pledge D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has backed out of his commitment to Chris Mack's squad.
Sunday night, a source close to the recruitment of the 25th ranked player in the class of 2012 confirmed that Smith-Rivera has backed off of his verbal commitment.
A punishing scorer who uses his outstanding strength and scoring instincts to put up points, the four-star point guard is among the most physically impressive players in the class of 2012.
Currently, no list has been announced but Xavier is presumed to still be very much in the running to retain his services. Because of his ability to score and run the show, he will immediately be one of the most asked about players in his class.
Among the schools that had pursued Smith-Rivera most heavily prior to his commitment to Xavier are Louisville, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue.