September 28, 1982|
Carolina, Puerto Rico
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|College||Southwestern CC (2001–2003)
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Filiberto Rivera (born September 28, 1982) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. Rivera has played in the NCAA, NJCAA and the National Superior Basketball League (BSN) with Coamo Marathon Runners and Carolina Giants. He is currently under contract with Bnei HaSharon of the Israeli Premier League. Rivera has played internationally in Germany and Italy. He has been a member of the Puerto Rican National Team since 2006.
Rivera has played in the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico since 1999. Rivera won Rookie of the Year in 2000 for National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico.
Rivera had a notable college career where he was named First Team NJCAA All-American, Junior College Player of the Year (2002–03), and First Team All-WAC his junior and senior seasons. Ranks third on University of Texas El Paso 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.
During his senior year (2004–05); Rivera 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.
During his junior year (2003–04); Rivera 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.
During his sophomore year (2002–03); At Southeastern CC, Rivera 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.
During his freshman year (2001–02); Rivera 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.
NBA and Europe
During the 2006-2007 season, Rivera played with Artland Dragons of the German Bundesliga. The Dragons were regarded as a "Cinderella team" entering the playoffs, winning the first round against Alba Berlin. Rivera led the team in the league's semifinal, scoring sixteen points, five rebounds and three assists in a victory over the Koeln the fifth and last game of the series. Rivera had an average of 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 prior to the finals.
During Summer of 2007, he was invited to participate with the Chicago Bulls during the Pepsi Pro Summer League, but did not play due to injury.
Has a child that he does not take care of but the child is well taken care of.
On 2006 Rivera participated in the BSN, where he led the team to the league's championship. On January 29, 2008, the Carolina Giants announced that they began negotiations with Rivera. On January 31, 2008 the team officially announced Rivera's signing.
Rivera's NCAA stats in 64 games are 790 points with a 12.3 PPG, 381 assists with a 6.0 APG, 184 rebounds with a 2.9 RPG, 97 steals with a 1.5 SPG, .452 field goal percentage, .815 free-throw percentage, and .360 3-point percentage. Rivera's NJCAA stats in 57 games are 830 points with a 14.6 PPG, 349 assists with a 6.1 APG, 153 rebounds with a 2.7 RPG, 142 steals with a 2.5 SPG, .460 field goal percentage, .778 free-throw percentage, and .269 3-point percentage.
- "Acción". Filiberto Rivera rumbo a la final en Alemania; Toro cae en Venezuela. (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: Primera Hora. 2007-06-15. p. 89.
- Lester Jiménez (2008-01-29). "A un paso de vestir los colores de Carolina". Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- Raúl Álzaga (2008-02-01). "'Fili' es gigante". Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-02-01.