February 23, 2009

Riley looking at two schools

Birmingham (MI) Country Day center DaShonte Riley has had an up and down recruiting season going from a five star prospect to a three star and being committed to Georgetown to now looking for a home. The schools that are now looking at him could surprise most of the people following the Riley recruiting process.

Riley, 6-foot-10, 217 pounds visited Syracuse two weeks ago and the Orange who were thought to not have any more offers have indeed come out with one more.

"Syracuse has offered me a scholarship."

On the visit to Syracuse Riley saw the Orange play the Georgetown Hoyas in front of the largest crowd to watch a NCAA basketball game this season. That game was also an Orange Out and a must win game for Syracuse. The Orange came out on top in that game, but the question is how did Riley like his visit?

"I liked my visit a lot. Although I was only there for two days, I felt that everyone from Coach Boeheim to the assistant coaches to the academic advisor were thorough and provided me with info I needed to hear."

Besides the visit going well the overall history of the school stuck out to Riley as well as the comfort level he had with everybody that he interacted with.

"I think the main thing was the history behind the school. It seemed as if everyone that worked there had been working there for 20-30 years including Coach Boeheim and I feel stability amongst the staff is very important in picking a college.

Syracuse is one of the new names in play for Riley, another Big East school is the other team that has jumped up on Riley's list.

"Right now it is between Marquette and Syracuse."

The three star center has an official visit set up to Marquette this week. Wednesday the Golden Eagles will play Connecticut and Riley is planning to be on campus for that game.

With Marquette and Syracuse as his final two teams a decision should be coming fairly soon.

"I plan on making a decision after our high school season is over, that includes the playoff so roughly around late March or early April."

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