For Immediate Release: April 30, 2009
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BU basketball star Rivera declares for NBA Draft
Junior guard won't hire agent, is expected to return for senior season

ESPN list of NBA Draft "early entries"

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton junior guard D.J. Rivera has filed for early entry into the NBA Draft.

Rivera, who led the Bearcats to a record-breaking 23-9 season this past winter, has until June 15 to withdraw his name from consideration for the draft, which will be held June 26 at Madison Square Garden. He has no intention of hiring an agent, however, and is expected to return to campus for his senior year in September.

"D.J. wanted to put his name out there and find out where he stands," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "He's a very talented player and we support him in every way."

Rivera averaged 20.0 points in 2008-09, tops in the America East and 26th in the country. He was an all-conference and all-district selection and was named to the Mid-Major All-America Team by senior writer Jeff Goodman.

The Bearcats captured the America East regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Rivera was named MVP of the conference championship and broke school records for most points (639), field goals (230) and free throws (132) in a season.

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