Norris has major offers

Three-star prospect Riley Norris has developed into one of the top prospects in the South.

Playing at Albertville (Ala.) in the northwest part of the state, Riley Norris has been pulling in a lot of recruiting attention. The versatile wing is a good athlete and shooter, and now the 2014 prospect seems primed to breakout on the national stage this spring.

At 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds, Norris can play multiple positions on the basketball court, and that is one thing that helped him have a very successful high school season.

"This was our first year in the largest classification in Alabama and we did pretty good," said Norris. "We finished around 17-12 overall and lost in the playoffs, but I had a pretty good year. I averaged around 22 points and 12 rebounds per game. I played pretty well this season."

Norris went on, "My versatility is probably one of my biggest strengths. I think I can play the two, three, and four. Also I have been shooting the ball real well and my ball handling is also getting better. I think the summer is going to be really big for me."

When it comes to his recruitment, some of the best schools in the south have offered and several others are taking a close look.

"I have offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Clemson, UAB, Belmont, Mercer, and Louisiana Lafayette," said Norris. "I am also hearing from a lot of schools that haven't offered like Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia."

During the college season Norris had a chance to visit Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Clemson.

The trip to Alabama was a good one for Norris who got a chance to see what Anthony Grant and his staff do up close.

"I really liked Alabama," said Norris. "Being from Alabama, Alabama is big. I really like Coach Grant and what he is doing there. They really drill defense and they are a really good defensive team. Also the atmosphere is really good down there and they have really good players who can score. Overall he only recruits the best and he is real selective who he offers and who he doesn't. I just like how he is building the program."

Alabama's in-state rival, Auburn, also made a big impression on the 2014 standout.

"I enjoyed Auburn a lot," Norris explained. "A lot of people from my school go there and it is a great college town. They have brand new facilities and it is a beautiful campus. I really like Coach (Tony) Barbee and his staff, they really know basketball. I saw them play Kentucky and the place was packed and a great atmosphere. I know they struggled this year, but I think from talking to them and seeing who they are recruiting that they will turn the program around."

Also Rick Ray and Mississippi State made a good impression on Norris, and despite the tough season, Norris feels the future is bright in Starkville.

"Mississippi State has offered and I am high on their list," said Norris. "I really like what Coach Ray is doing. The game I went to they beat Ole Miss so that was a big win. They only had eight scholarship players all year and they battled through terrible adversity. Also I like the way he plays by getting up and down and running a lot of motion. We run motion at my high school, and I think it is something that fits me extremely well."

For now Norris is in no hurry to make a decision, he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"I look for the type of people a school recruits," explained Norris. "I want to be around good people for four years. Also I think I can fit in most styles but I want to go somewhere that I can develop into a big time player and help contribute early. Then of course academics is important because one day basketball will be over."


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