Bruins pushing for Riley

Cody Riley is one of the West Coast's top prospects in 2017 and he has a local school aggressively pursuing him.

After sitting out the first Evaluation Period for good reason, Cody Riley was back in action this weekend at the Nike EYBL in Lexington (Ky.).

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound 2017 power forward from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon was out of action accepting the Southern Section Division V John R. Wooden Award.

“I was surprised; I didn’t see it coming,” Riley said. “It just gives me more confidence to keep going and that I’m on the right path.”

A physically imposing power forward, Riley is a tough matchup at the high school level due to his motor, strength and power in the interior. He’s working on taking his game to the next level.

“I’m happy,” he said. “I feel like I could do more but that’s just expanding game. Right now I’m getting to the rim and finishing. I want to add a midrange pull-up.”

When it comes to recruiting, there’s one school out-working the others with Riley.

UCLA is on me tough right now,” Riley said. “I haven’t been paying attention as much to the others.”

There are a handful of reasons why UCLA is standing out to the four-star prospect.

“I have a good feel for the coaches – I’ve been talking to them a lot – and they’ve been coming to practices and showing me a lot of attention,” Riley said. “It’s also close to home.”

Riley could see himself making an early decision – “probably junior year,” he said – as he doesn’t have much of a desire to drag out his recruiting process.

“My senior year I just want to focus on being a dominant player rather than college but really I’m just looking for a good connection with the coach,” Riley said.

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