What kind of player is UCLA getting in Cody Riley?

Top 30 2017 power forward Cody Riley committed to UCLA on Friday. Scout breaks down the four-star prospect's game.

Friday was a big day for UCLA, picking up its second Top 30 prospect in the Bruins 2017 recruiting class with Cody Riley.

Scout's 30th ranked 2017 prospect, Riley is a player who has a very high floor and projects to be a big contributor for UCLA.

What kind of player is UCLA getting in Riley?

A strong four man who is physically mature for his age, Riley is a safe bet to have a productive career in Westwood. He's been measured at 6-foot-8 in shoes with a +3 wingspan at 6-foot-11.

He's got good size for the power forward spot and has a nice combination of toughness and skill to go with it. He's pretty strong already and even though there isn't a ton of upside from a physical standpoint, he does bring a lot to the table.


Riley is a four man who can face or post up, even if he prefers to face the basket. While you would like to see him use his size, strength and athleticism to do more inside, he does have a good face-up game out to midrange and is very capable of knocking down that shot.

Riley is best from the high post, where he hit jumpers, find cutters or open teammates in the low post, while he can also take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket. Riley is capable of hitting the open three off the catch, but he's better from midrange. Riley has developed into a very good passer over time. He's a good rebounder at this stage. 

The four-star prospect has always been better in high school than AAU. Although he averaged 27.6% from three over the course of his AAU career, per DraftExpress, he also averaged 45.8% from two, a number he should improve on at UCLA.

Riley joins five-star point guard Jaylen Hands, four-star center Jalen Hill and three-star forward LiAngelo Ball in UCLA's 2017 class.

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