Dynamic Scorer Freddie Riley Signs NLI With UMass Basketball
Nov. 17, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - As the UMass basketball team prepares for one of its biggest games in recent history, head coach Derek Kellogg has announced one of the biggest signings for the future of the UMass basketball program. Dynamic scoring guard Freddie Riley (Ocala, Fla.) has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play basketball with the Minutemen as he continues a sensational prep career. The 6-5, 175-pound guard is currently playing at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia after a star-studded career at Vanguard High School in Florida. He is also a standout for the Florida Rams in AAU Basketball.
"We are excited to add a player to our basketball program with the character and basketball ability that Freddie Riley has," said Kellogg, who is preparing the Minutemen for their ESPN nationally-televised game vs. Memphis. "From the first time I was able to see him play, he was a player that we earmarked for our program. He is player who can come in and do some very special things both on and off the court. I'm looking forward to coaching him at UMass and getting him to take his game to the next level. He has a chance to be a great player for our program and in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"Freddie is a prolific scorer, he can really put the ball in the basket. He is long at 6-5, and plays above the rim. He is a very fun player to watch. He is ultra competitive and can play multiple positions. Once we get him a little stronger physically and playing a little better defensively, he will become a complete player. I am very excited to coach him and at some point in his career, he has a chance to be an excellent college player."
Riley is ranked as a national Top 100 recruit by various websites including PrepStars.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 85 player in the country by PrepStars, the No. 87 player in the nation by Scout.com. ESPN.com graded Riley as an 89 out of 100 on its scale, they also list him as the 31st shooting guard in the country.
Riley has begun his postgraduate season at Hargrave Military Academy playing for Kevin Keatts in Virginia with huge success. In his first five games for Hargrave, Riley is the team's leading scorer with a 22.8 points per game average, including 32 points in a game. Hargrave returns to action this weekend at the National Tip-Off Prep Showcase at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Hargrave has produced some of the top players in the nation including NBA draft picks David West (Xavier), Josh Howard (Wake Forest), Lonny Baxter (Maryland) and in the 2008 draft Joe Alexander (West Virginia) and Marreese Speights (Florida).
At Vanguard High School, Riley scored 1,037 career points under head coach Jim Haley. He was a three-year starter for the Knights as he earned 5A Player of the Year in North Central Florida. He averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds as a senior in earning various MVP and All-Tournament accolades. He became the 13th player in school history to crack 1,000 points and first since 1993.
At Vanguard, Riley was named to the Ocala Star Banner First Team All-Area in 2008. He was also honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Brinkley Memorial Tournament in addition to being named to the North Central Florida All-Star Team and the FACA State North-South All-Star Game. Riley scored a high-school best 30 points on two occassions, including against Florida State champion Jacksonville.
As a junior at Vanguard, Riley averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds and was named third-team All-State.
In AAU basketball, Riley starred for the Florida Rams and coach Matt Ramker, where he averaged 19 points per game. The Rams have had some of the top recuits in recent years including Florida freshmen Ray Shipman and Kenny Kadji and Louisville's Jared Swopshire. The Rams also produced former Florida Gator stars Marreese Speights and Taurean Green.
Freddie Riley, Jr. was born on Dec. 1, 1989 and is the son of Freddie and Norma Riley. He chose UMass after visiting Baylor, Marquette and South Florida.
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