Mad Ants add D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera to roster

Indy native D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was signed by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers’ Development League affiliate. The move came on Tuesday as they acquired him via the available player pool.

Smith-Rivera played in two preseason games with the Bulls and a total of two minutes.

Most recently, Smith-Rivera was waived by the Windy City Bulls on December 5th. Appearing in six games, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game.

Smith-Rivera turned 24 last week.

He attended North Central High School, winning a state title in his sophomore season, and then he transferred to a prep school — Oak Hill Academy — for his final year. He went on to play at Georgetown University, graduating in the spring.

Smith-Rivera has spent time home in Indianapolis, attending No. 1 North Central’s win over No. 2 Carmel on Dec. 16.

The undrafted free agent signed a training camp deal with the Chicago Bulls, joined them in camp, and then played in two preseason games, including one against his hometown team – the Indiana Pacers.

Smith-Rivera becomes the fifth player on the roster with ties to the state. The roster already consists of Indiana grads Christian Watford and Nick Zeisloft, Jordan Lloyd, a former standout at the University of Indianapolis, and E. Victor Nickerson of Valparaiso.

Smith-Rivera plans to wear No. 9.

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