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Lowell Hoop Star Alex Rivera Will Transfer Out of UMass Lowell

April 6, 2019

LOWELL -- Lowell native Alex Rivera is leaving the UMass Lowell men’s basketball program.

The freshman guard, who is Lowell High School’s all-time leading boys’ scorer, finalized his decision on Friday after a couple weeks of discussions about his future with UMass Lowell head coach Pat Duquette and his staff.

Rivera said he intends to transfer to another Division 1 program, preferably a mid-major, but doesn’t have any definitive plans yet.

The 6-foot-1 Rivera appeared in 30 of the 32 games this past season for UMass Lowell (15-17). He averaged 9.2 points (fourth on the team) and 3.4 rebounds in 24.9 minutes (fourth on the team), while shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point land.

“I just felt like coming (to UMass Lowell) I was going to be more than what I was,” said Rivera. “It was just a lack of touches. I thought the way I played through the first seven or eight games would get me a bigger role, but it never came to that.

“I want to be better than what I am. I think I’ve shown that I’m good enough to play and I would like that chance to play against high-major athletes.”

Rivera also said that he feels the time is right for him to leave Lowell, a city where he has almost become synonymous with basketball. He has many dedicated family members and friends who hardly ever miss watching him play.

Rivera also thanked the UMass Lowell coaches for supporting his decision.

“There’s still a friendship there. It’s nothing but love,” said Rivera.

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