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Prospect Profile:
Filiberto Rivera

Full Name: Filiberto Isaac Rivera, Jr.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-2 (1.88 m) / 175 (79.4 kg)
Birthdate: September 28, 1982 (Hato Rey, Puerto Rico)
High School: Mercy Soto HS (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
College: Texas-El Paso
(Puerto Rico)
NBA Draft 2004
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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.