Riley Norris At The Gulf Coast Hoop Fest

2014 forward/wing Riley Norris, now playing for Team Thad on the AAU circuit, had a great weekend at the inaugural Gulf Coast Hoop Fest in Biloxi, Mississippi.

  • Name: Riley Norris
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Albertville (AL) High school
  • AAU Team: Team Thad
  • Position: Two-Guard/Wing
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-7, 185 pounds
  • Colleges of Interest: Alabama (offer), Arkansas, Auburn (offer), Clemson, Florida, Georgia (Offer), Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State (offer), Oklahoma State (offer), Ole Miss (offer),Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia,

  • Playing for one of the elite AAU teams in the nation, Team Thad, Norris showed a great overall offensive game during the three-day Gulf Coast Hoop Fest while helping his team to the runner-up spot in the 17U classification.

    He attributes part of his improvement due to playing on Team Thad.

    "It has been a big transition for me from last summer to this summer because of (not only) playing with them (but) against them in practice every day," said Norris. "It allows me to play against the best competition every game."

    Offensively, Norris is very versatile. He can shoot threes, has a mid-range game, scores off the dribble. dunks and makes a high percentage of his free threes.

    "I've improved over time but I've always been versatile because you can do more and play more when you are versatile," said the 6-foot-7 wing.

    Because of that improvement, more and more college coaches are showing serious recruiting interest in him.

    "I have Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Virginia, Kansas, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Clemson (recruiting me)," said Norris, who was a class 6A first-team All-State selection this past season.

    Six of the colleges have offered.

    "I have offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State," said Norris, who averaged 22+ points and 12 rebounds per game his junior season of high school ball.

    Several coaches have already made in-home and in-school visits.

    "I've had in-home visits from UAB, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State," noted Norris. "I've also had some come by the school, (including) Vanderbilt and Arkansas."

    The visits have helped him form a better opinion of the schools.

    "I haven't visited some of the schools," said Norris. "With the in-home visits, I know a little more about them. It gives me a better perspective of the school because they talk more about their school and what it is going to be like if I choose them."

    Although the list of schools recruiting him continues to grow, Norris hopes to narrow his recruiting focus down to a more management list later in the summer.

    "I plan on narrowing my list of schools after the last July live (recruiting) period," he said.

    He dicussed the criteria he will use when choosing a final list.

    "I am looking for a good fit, a place where I can come in and contribute to the team as a freshman, a good academic school, just somewhere where I feel comfortable and at home," said Norris.

    Keep it on as we continue to follow Riley Norris, one of several class of 2014 players that Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray is recruiting.

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