No. 1 Post-Grad Makes Pick

Some people may not have seen this one coming. John Riek is planning to play college basketball next year and he's going to do it in the Big East.

The Cincinnati Bearcats received excellent news Saturday night.

John Riek,'s No. 1 post-graduate prospect from the past year, is headed to play in the Big East for Mick Cronin at Cincinnati.

Earlier this summer, Riek declared and eventually pulled his name out of the NBA Draft. He then had surgery on his injured knee and now is focused on his next step: playing at Cincinnati.

"Tony Stubblefield started recruiting John in March," Fatah Muraisi, Riek's advisor told "At the time I told him we were keeping college as an option. Tony continued recruiting him, John pulled his name out and in June we had an MRI on his knee. He had ACL surgery done on his knee. That put college as the No. 1 priority.

"The one that was actively recruiting him was Cincinnati. His stuff has been sent to the Clearinghouse and he'll be a qualifier. We don't know if he'll start school in September or December but he'll be a qualifier."

Riek said he needs time to get himself ready to play for Cronin. "I like the school, the coaches," Riek said. "Right now I need six months."

"He's going to go back and do rehab at IMG and he'll enroll in September at Cincinnati," Muraisi said. "They don't start school until Sept. 24 so he'll be down doing his rehab like he's been doing. He's supposed to be cleared to play by Dec. 1, but it's not a rush."

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