Undersized and perhaps underexposed, one of the best point guards in Ohio this year is none other than Angel Rivera.
Ohio, Cornell and others are showing interest in point guard Angel Rivera.
Rivera, of course, is not the first point guard to be looked down on because of his size. For years, people would doubt Tyler Lewis, the talented guard from West Forsyth, N.C.
People thought he was small and questioned his shooting consistency. He then exploded with a great summer prior to senior year, with the momentum carrying on to a MVP season at Oak Hill Academy and a prestigious invite to the McDonald’s All-American Game. He is now at North Carolina State looking to make an impact as a freshman.
Out of that mold, the “throw back” point guard, who can pass as well as any player in the country is Rivera out of Hughes High School in Cincinnati. He models his game after one of the best in the NBA.
“Rajon Rondo is my favorite point guard and he is the one that I been watching for a long time and learning about his game and how I can put in practice all the stuff that he does in the games,” Rivera said. “I like him because he doesn't have a great team but he makes his teammates better players and also I like him because he is a great defender.”
This is an ultra-quick lead guard that could run any offense with incredible court vision, dynamic penetrating ability and an exceptional mid-range game. He was a first team All-Cincinnati Metro player last season averaging close to 15 points per game to go along with 7 assists per game.
This summer, Rivera towered over his competition with the Most Outstanding Player Award at the ultra-competitive Five-Star Louisville Camp and then outshone many ranked guards by capturing the Best Playmaker Award at both the Five-Star Chicago and New York Super Sessions.
The exposure from the camps is now leading to college interest. Schools that are pursuing him are Cornell, High Point and Morehead State.
“One of the things that inspires me on the court is when I make good plays making my teammates better players. Also when we play good defense that's one of my biggest motivation because that's when the big play for me is coming,” Rivera said. “Another big thing that inspires me a lot on the court is to make my defender pay when they give me a little space from the three point line. This happens all the time because they think that I’ll pass the ball all the time and that's when my shot comes. “
Angel is a 4.0 GPA student and is looking to continue his strong academic foundation with a school that has a strong business program. Not too bad for a “throwback.”
“I think it is true,” Rivera said. “Because I'm that kind of player that always is looking to make the right pass and play in the tough moment when most of the people don't want to have the ball in their hands.”
Five Star Basketball contributed to this report.