Albertville Junior Drawing SEC Attention

A report is featured on class of 2014 basketball prospect Riley Norris, who attended Tony Barbee's prospects camp.

Albertville, Ala.--Riley Norris, who has started on his high school teams since he was an eighth grader, was one of the standout performers at Auburn's one-day camp for basketball prospects.

The 6-7, 180-pounder, who will be a junior at Albertville High School for the 2012-2013 season, has the ability to score inside, in the mid-range and from the three-point line.

Earning class 5A All-State status as a sophomore, he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per contest. It was the third consecutive All-State team he had made beginning with earning second team Class 2A honors when he was an eighth grader at Sand Rock High.

Norris was on the Auburn campus Saturday for his fourth basketball camp of the week after previous stops at Belmont, Samford and Alabama. "I have been real busy, but things are going good," he said. "This time of the year we are practicing and playing about every day of the week."

Versatility is a major component of the prospect's game. He can play the power forward, small forward or big guard positions. He notes that he prefers either the small forward or the big guard spots.

"I am working on my ball handling and I am working on my strength," he said when asked what he is concentrating on improving this summer. "I have to get stronger and be quicker to be able to guard the guards at the college level."

Norris said he is also working on becoming a more consistent player. Attending camps like the one at Auburn competing against other college prospects should help his overall development, Norris noted.

In addition to attending camps, he will participate in AAU tournaments with the Southeast Elite team. "We are going to be playing in Philadelphia, South Carolina and Las Vegas,"?he said. "We are very athletic and very good. We should go far in every tournament we compete in."

His high school team had a good 2011-2012 season after a slow start. "We started 3-5 and finished the season 27-8," Norris said. "We got put out in the Elite Eight by Wenonah, the state champion. They had a really good team."

Norris is already drawing attention from major college programs who like his combination of athletic ability and size, and it doesn't hurt that he carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Asked if he has any favorite colleges, Norris said, "Not yet. I am wide open. I am just taking it all in right now."

He said that most of the SEC programs are recruiting him, including the in-state teams, Auburn and Alabama, who he has grown up following.


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