Being recruited can be a very tough and hectic process for youngsters in this day and age. Sometimes it controls the kid and other times the kid controls it. In the case of DaShonte Riley, the 6-11 center out of Detroit Country Day, he is controlling the recruiting.
“I am enjoying the recruiting process,” Riley said. “Right now I am just trying to get to know the coaches.”
That has been Riley’s recruiting mission this fall; to get out and get some face time with the college coaches courting him. So far he has already visited Michigan, Georgetown, Michigan State and Ohio State. His most recent trip took place this past weekend when he made his was to Washington D.C. to check in on John Thompson and the Hoyas.
“The visit went real nice,” said Riley. “I took a look around campus, I watched the team scrimmage, and had a good conversation with Coach Thompson. It was a good visit.”
Proximity has allowed the in-state schools to be more of a presence thus far, and the Michigan Wolverines have made the coveted big man one of their top priorities.
“I had a good time up there getting a chance to with the players and the coaches,” he said recalling his visit to Ann Arbor during the first week of the recruiting season. “I talk with Coach Jackson on the phone and he comes up to my school for open gym. Plus I know Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. They talk to me a lot about joining them at Michigan. When I was playing AAU basketball with Manny after he signed with Michigan he would always tell me that that is the school I need to attend.”
Riley’s familiarity with the people in Michigan’s program is a feather in the proverbial cap for the Maize & Blue, but that does not mean that the Wolverines are out front in this race. The youngster is extremely open at this time, and as was stated earlier, a lot will be riding on his relationship with the head coaches of the programs in pursuit. Thus far he has gotten favorable impressions of all of them.
Coach Beilein, Michigan - “He is a real cool coach. He talks to me about how Michigan is on the rise. He said he will turn the program around and that he wants me to be a part of that.”
Coach Thompson, Georgetown – “He is real nice. We talked about the history of the program and the big men that they have produced and developed.”
Coach Izzo, Michigan State – “He has been there since my freshman year. Coach Izzo is a hard working coach.”
“I just want to pick the right situation for me where I can develop as a basketball player and develop my character,” he said. “I am very versatile in terms of adjusting to any system. It can be a half court set or an up and down set. I just want to be a key contributor.”
Don’t look for a decision from Riley anytime in the near futures. He doesn’t have any further visits scheduled at this time, but insists that there will definitely be more.