Riley Gives Verbal; Headed To Big East

It only took a pair of official visits for DaShonte Riley to make his decision the second time around. He picked a Big East program Thursday evening.

DaShonte Riley's college decision came a little quicker than expected.

Just a day after his coach said he thought his standout big man would wait until after Detroit (Mich.) Country Day's playoff run to make an announcement, Riley gave Syracuse a verbal commitment.

"I thought he was going to maybe wait until after our state tournament was over, but he wanted to go ahead and get it done," Keener, DCD's head coach, told Thursday evening.

Riley, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center, originally committed to Georgetown, but the two parted ways shortly after the early signing period. Riley then took official visits to Syracuse and Marquette before settling on the Orangemen.

"He just told me that he felt very comfortable when he went there for his official visit," Keener said. "He thought that the things that Syracuse does well fits his skill set and he thought Syracuse had a good history of success with Detroit kids, so all those things counted together led him to his decision."

"I thought of the two schools that he had it narrowed down to – Syracuse and Marquette – that it was a better fit for him at Syracuse," Keener said.

Riley is ranked No. 57 overall and No. 9 at the center spot. He averages 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per contest for DCD, who is 19-1 on the season.

Jim Boeheim now has a pair of prospects in his 2009 class. Riley joins three-star prospect Brandon Triche.

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