Detroit Area Center Prospect Enjoys OSU Visit

Beverly Hills (Mich.) Country Day junior center DaShonte Riley has started to narrow his list of favorite schools and recently spent some quality time on the OSU campus with head basketball coach Thad Matta.

In order to narrow down his list of potential colleges, Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day 6-11 junior center DaShonte Riley has started visiting schools.

Riley's most recent visit was to Ohio State where he spent a day and came away with good things to say about the Buckeyes.

"I went up (to OSU) last Saturday," Riley told "They just took me around the campus. We watched just a couple of minutes of practice because we came late. We just went around campus, ate and then sat down and talked about some things. It seemed like a real friendly environment."

Riley didn't say if there was one school he favored but said OSU was "definitely" on the short list of schools he is considering. At this time, he is also seriously considering Michigan, Michigan State, Georgetown and Memphis.

OSU head coach Thad Matta's ability to develop and produce quality players struck a chord with Riley.

"(OSU) develops players real well and has a good system for developing players, focusing on their weaknesses and things like that," he said.

That observation could bode well for Matta and his program. Riley said his main concern was to improve his game, and he didn't even want to talk about his stronger areas.

"I'd rather focus on my weaknesses and what I have to improve on," he said. "I'm working on getting stronger and working on strength and conditioning right now."

He also had positive things to say about Matta.

"I talked with him a lot," Riley said. "He's a real nice guy. He seems to care a lot about the game and his players."

While Riley said he had a timetable set for making his decision, it won't be coming anytime soon.

"I plan on committing at the end of next summer," he said. "Before my senior year and after AAU is done with."

Riley said he had not yet made plans for a return visit to Ohio State and for now will continue visiting other schools and gathering information. He said his next stop is Midnight Madness at Georgetown Oct. 13.

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