May 26, 2008

McDowell Reports on Riley

May 26, 2008 - As has been discussed here previously, Dashonte Riley, a Class of 2009, six-foot-ten inch, 220 pound center from Detroit, MI recently committed to Georgetown, after an unofficial visit. The program, led by John Thompson III prevailed over NC State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Michigan, Kansas, Kansas State and others to secure his future services.

This past weekend, Riley participated in Nike's Bob Hussey Memorial Day Classic (MDC) travel team confab in Nashville, TN, which was witnessed by i95Ballerz.com Southeast/Mid-South Editor and Huntsville, AL radio personality Ivan McDowell. Check out McDowell's i95Ballerz.com coverage of Riley and the young guy's recruitment by clicking here.

Also a frequent contributor to and indispensable message board participant of HoyaReport.com, McDowell was kind enough to share additional thoughts on Riley regarding the young man's strengths, weaknesses, and likelihood of contributing to Georgetown's program.

"Shot blocking ability, when he runs the floor he runs it like a deer" started McDowell when asked to elaborate on DaShonte's strengths on the court, "Just his presence on the floor".

Riley's impact was illustrated during a 53-42 loss by the young pivot player's The Family (MI) squad to Boo Williams (VA), as McDowell relayed "When he came out the game, Boo Williams started driving the ball to the hoop. Riley's presence changed the game".

Before noting DaShonte had "good court awareness", McDowell commented favorably on Riley's offensive package: "I don't think he's a project. I think he's raw, and there is a difference. He has some tools that need to be polished and refined. Has some post moves - back to the basket, pivot and face. You could see it there; he just has to work on it".

That statement was a direct reference to internet blather elsewhere, in which individuals derided DaShonte as being ineffectual. "If you watch 10 minutes of The Family playing, you can tell he's not garbage" said McDowell, "Just because he's not a 'beast' running up and down the floor, doesn't make him garbage - just like Monroe (Greg Monroe, incoming G'Town freshman and number one ranked Class of 2008 power forward prospect by Rivals.com). Those two cats game's are not necessarily conducive to AAU ball".

In terms of improvement, a number of items stand prominently on Riley's list. "Most definitely, he could obviously add some strength and work on his stamina" first assessed McDowell, who then added "The biggest thing is to stay aggressive, he's too long and has too much potential to just stand there. When he gets the ball he's aggressive, but when he doesn't he is not always that way".

In terms of rebounding Riley doesn't always position himself properly" continued McDowell. Going forward, it is clear to McDowell "He honestly needs another year of seasoning. He can use some coaching now, and in that regard coming to Georgetown early (though not an option) would help. But since he's not coming early, he needs to get with some big man work or attend big man camps…All of that is fundamentals, which can be worked on at Georgetown.

What's McDowell's expectation for Riley on The Hilltop?

"Depending on how he progresses by his sophomore, junior year(s), he could be an impact player…the long term is better than the short term" he said.

DaShonte is well aware of the hard work ahead of him, and welcomes it.

So there you have it, McDowell, who also scouted Riley last summer believes the recent G'Town commit to be flush with growth potential. If he was a stock, there would be a buy sign attached to his name.

Good thing DaShonte Riley is currently in the Hoyas' portfolio.


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