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Prospect Profile:
Filiberto Rivera

Full Name: Filiberto Isaac Rivera, Jr.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 175
Birthdate: September 28, 1982 (Hato Rey, Puerto Rico)
High School: Mercy Soto HS (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
College: Texas-El Paso
Country: Puerto Rico
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Southeastern (IA) CC
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2001-02 22 0 93 225 .413 72 107 .673 4 37 .108 70 113 52 4 262 11.9
2002-03 35 32 179 366 .489 173 208 .832 37 115 .322 83 236 90 2 568 16.2
Totals 57 0 272 591 .460 245 315 .778 41 152 .269 153 349 142 6 830 14.6
Texas-El Paso
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 32 32 105 237 .443 113 145 .779 35 102 .343 98 152 55 2 358 11.2
2004-05 32 32 133 289 .460 116 136 .853 50 134 .373 86 229 42 4 432 13.5
Totals 64 64 238 526 .452 229 281 .815 85 236 .360 184 381 97 6 790 12.3

Career Highlights: Named First Team All-WAC his junior and senior seasons. Ranks third on UTEP’s all-time lists in career assists (381) and free throw percentage (.815). Finished collegiate career at Texas-El Paso after playing first two seasons at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.

Senior (2004-05): Averaged 13.5 points while leading the WAC and ranking seventh nationally in assists (7.2 apg). Also paced the conference in free throw shooting (.853) and ranked sixth in steals (1.3 spg). Season total of 229 assists set a school record. Dished out 10 or more assists five times and posted two double-doubles. Recorded a school single-game record 18 assists versus zero turnovers vs. Louisiana Tech. Tallied 23 points and six assists at Nevada. Posted 19 points and 12 assists vs. Fresno State. Scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high seven steals at San Jose State. Registered a career-high 32 points vs. Boise State in the WAC Tournament title game. Earned WAC Tournament MVP honors.

Junior (2003-04): Averaged 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists (third in the WAC) and 1.7 steals (fourth). Scored in double figures in 21 games. Recorded season-high 22 points at San Jose State. Tallied 14 points and eight assists vs. Rutgers. Named to the WAC All-Tournament team after averaging 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in three games. Registered 14 points, six assists, and a career-high nine rebounds vs. Nevada in the WAC Tournament title game. Scored 12 points and grabbed six assists vs. Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore (2002-03): At Southeastern CC, averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 assists. Helped lead Southeastern to a 37-1 record and a NJCAA Tournament championship. Averaged 17.4 points during the NJCAA Tournament on his way to MVP honors. Led team with 18 points in the title game vs. San Jacinto (Tex.). Set season-high with 37 points vs. Iowa Western. Named a First Team NJCAA All-American and Junior College Player of the Year.

Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 11.9 points and a team-high 5.1 assists. Ranked third on the team in scoring and led the squad in average steals. Helped team to a 25-10 overall record.

Strengths: Size, court vision and confidence make him an interesting prospect at the point guard position. Has a pass-first mentality, but has some scoring ability.

Personal: Majored in sociology. Nickname is “Juny”. Also played volleyball in high school.