Riley Accepts New Role

DaShonte Riley is ready to accept a new role, as he's getting ready to start his first full season with Detroit Country Day.

DaShonte Riley will take on a new role this season for the defending state champions Detroit (Mich.) Country Day. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound big man, who is already known as a dominant defender, is going to be called on to score.

"I just want to do whatever I need to, to help my team win," Riley said. "I think I'm playing pretty good. I'm just trying to get into a groove. I want to be productive so I can help my team more."

"I'm just trying to pick it up on the offensive end," he said. "It's not that I don't have the capabilities to score, but I've never been in a situation where I have had to be a dominant scorer, but this year I have to take on that role. I'm just trying to be more of a leader."

Due to transfer rules, Riley, who averaged 9 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks, was forced to sit out half of the season last year. With a full season ahead, Riley is prepped and ready to score some points.

"I've been working on [my offensive moves] all summer," Riley said. "I'm ready to accept that challenge."

On the recruiting front, Riley, the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2009 class, already claims scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgetown, Minnesota, USC, UCLA and Florida. Indiana and Boston College are also keeping tabs.

Riley said he hasn't narrowed his list yet, but he has taken a handful of college visits. So far he's been to Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Georgetown. His visit to Georgetown was the most recent.

"I went to midnight madness at Georgetown," Riley said. "It was real nice. They gave me a tour earlier in the day before midnight madness started and I just talked to different students, coaches and players and just got a good feel for the school and the campus."

The Buckeyes also hosted Riley recently and he came away with a good impression of Ohio State's program and what they have to offer for student athletes.

"That visit went real nice," Riley said about his trip to Columbus. "It was planned real nice and they gave me a tour of the campus. They talked to me about academics and the whole nine yards of what an athlete goes through."

With his season starting on Friday, Riley is trying to stay focused on the upcoming season. He does, however, want to try and take a trip to California to visit Southern California and UCLA. Riley doesn't plan to make a final decision anytime soon.

"I probably want to make my decision by the end of this coming summer, so going into my high school season I won't have to worry about that."

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