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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Jason Rivera-Torres plans to enter transfer portal, will consider return to Vanderbilt

On Sunday, Vanderbilt’s star freshman announced that he will enter the transfer portal.
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Ophelia Lu
Ezra Manjon driving for a layup against San Francisco on Dec. 6, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu)

Jason Rivera-Torres announced on Sunday via X that he will enter the transfer portal. The announcement came a few hours after Collin Smith announced that he will enter the transfer portal.

“Following careful consideration and discussion with my family, I’ve chosen to enter the transfer portal,” Rivera-Torres posted. “However, this decision doesn’t signify my departure from Vanderbilt; I may still remain part of the program next year. Appreciate everyone who has been part of my journey.”

Rivera-Torres played high school basketball at John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia. The four-star guard was the second-highest-ranked player in Virginia and the No. 114 player in the Class of 2024, according to 247Sports. In his senior year of high school, Rivera-Torres averaged 15.4 points, 3.4 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.

The 6’6” guard ultimately chose to go to Vanderbilt over Texas A&M, Fordham, San Diego and Florida Atlantic.

Jason Riviera-Torres prepares to inbound the ball during Vanderbilt's game vs Presbyterian, as photographed on Nov. 7, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)
Jason Riviera-Torres prepares to inbound the ball during Vanderbilt’s game vs Presbyterian, as photographed on Nov. 7, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders) (Josh Rehders)

Rivera-Torres played in 29 games with the Commodores in the 2023-24 season. The New York native led Vanderbilt freshmen in scoring with 6.4 points per game and had the third-most steals on the team with 27. 

Despite only starting two games, Rivera-Torres was an integral part of Jerry Stackhouse’s offense. The freshman took 28.2% of Vanderbilt’s shots and was used in 26.1% of the Commodores’ possessions, according to KenPom

Rivera-Torres shined in Vanderbilt’s first SEC game, going 8-of-13 from the field and scoring 20 points in the Commodores’ 78-75 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The guard ended the season as Vanderbilt’s sixth-highest scorer.

This piece will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Andrew Wilf
Andrew Wilf, Former Sports Editor
Andrew Wilf (’24) is Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He is from Livingston, N.J., and is majoring in history and minoring in business. He joined the sports staff his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Assistant Sports Editor and Deputy Sports Editor. Beyond writing for The Hustler, he is also the host of Anchor Analysis, Commodore Clash and Live From West End. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching the NFL and playing golf. He can be reached at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
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