BERKELEY -- Cody Riley may only be a sophomore at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, but the 2017 four-star looks – and plays – like he’s 23.
The 6-foot-8.5, 220-pounder is a well-muscled, strong and skilled big man, who has very good handles for a player of his youth and size. He runs the floor well, finishes inside and on Friday, pulled down a state championship game (all divisions) record with 22 rebounds as his Trailblazers took home the Division V state title, 80-55, over San Francisco University.
“To have 22 rebounds in high school basketball – in any high school basketball game -- is phenomenal, and I know the entire team is excited for him,” said Sierra Canyon head coach Ty Nychols. “He’s a kid who deserves to have his name in the record book.”
"I came down at halftime, and our stat-keeper, Joe, told me that I had 13 rebounds, and that was just motivation for me to keep going," Riley said. "It's a great feeling, because we set out to do this for a long time, and we finally accomplished it, and we did it together. You can't do it as an individual. It's a great feeling."
Riley also added 18 points – including 10 in the fourth quarter – and three blocks at Haas Pavilion on the California campus, in front of Golden Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin and assistant Yanni Hufnagel.
“It felt good, because me and Yanni, we’ve been close for a while, so it felt like I was respecting his court down there,” Riley said. “I’ve talked to coach Yanni a couple of times, and coach Martin came to our practice, and I spoke to him there.”
Riley currently has offers from Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, UCONN, Kansas and USC, but hasn’t really focused much on recruiting as the Trailblazers were headed to the state title.
“Really, I haven’t been talking to anybody. I’ve just been focused on the team, and trying to accomplish what we set out to do, and that was to get a state championship,” he said. “I like Kansas, I’m a fan of UCLA – I like their coach – and Arizona. Sean Miller, I’ve talked to him a few times, and he seems like a good guy, someone I want to build a relationship with.”
Riley is aiming to go back to his hometown of Kansas City at some point this summer (he moved to California when he was in sixth grade), and at that point, he’ll be taking an unofficial visit with the Jayhawks.
“I want to go back to Kansas City this summer for a little bit, and I might take a trip down to Kansas, see what Bill Self’s talking about,” said Riley, who still has friends in the area.
“I have friends there that I’m close with, I want to get back to my roots,” he said.