Scout.com’s rankings for 2017 came out recently and Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon forward Cody Riley admits it is difficult not to pay attention to them.
“It’s hard not to because every time you turn around somebody is talking about them,” Riley said. “To me, it does not really matter. You go out and play and if you see somebody, you know when they are good, no matter what they are ranked.”
Riley has had the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the country and learned one significant aspect of playing at a higher level.
“These guys play at a different speed and I have been challenged to play up to that and I think I have done really well,” he said.
One of the main ways that Riley has been able to keep up is because he has continued to develop his game.
“I think I have added a consistent three ball,” he said. “The main thing I am working on now is the one and two dribble pull up.”
Riley is eventually going to have offers from schools throughout the country, but there are two that are sticking out a bit.
“I feel like Kansas and Arizona are talking to my coach the most and they have a lot of interest,” Riley said. “I took an unofficial to Kansas and Coach Townsend is a great guy. I have not taken a visit to Arizona, but I want to get there sometime in the fall and see a football game.”
As Riley is eventually allowed to talk to coaches, he knows what he wants in his future school.
“I am more interested in an up tempo, get the ball out and run type of offense as opposed to one that slows down and really runs a play out every single time,” he said.