In case you haven’t heard, Patrick Ewing and Louis Orr have plucked an underrated 2021 guard/wing out of Long Island in receiving the commitment of Jordan Riley, beating out forever rival St. John’s for a NY-area kid.
HOYA SAXA! 2021 SG Jordan Riley Commits to Georgetown! https://t.co/bspFr3RVg8— Darth Hoya (@DarthHoya) July 24, 2020
Here is the announcement video, where he chose the Georgetown Hoyas. A pleasant, straight-forward celebration with family, friends and his school. Not to mention, it was done in the morning, for all of our conveniences, and they were each wearing a mask!
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“I know they are going to help me become a better college player and make it to the pros,” Riley told Newsday on Thursday evening. “And when I make it to the pros, they will help me, because I know they’ve played in the pros. So that’s what stood out to me the most.”
Riley announced his commitment Friday morning at Brentwood High School’s Sonderling Gym.
Riley, a 6-4 guard and Newsday’s Suffolk Player of the Year as a junior, included UConn, Florida State, Kansas and St. John’s in his final five. He averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the Suffolk Class AA champions last season.
“I feel like it’s the right time,” Riley said. “And I don’t want to lose a spot.”
Riley said Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing and assistant Louis Orr were in constant contact with him and he liked the campus after getting to see it a few weeks on a road trip. Brentwood assistant coach John Garcia is familiar with Orr, playing for him at Seton Hall. Riley came to a decision on Sunday, yet most of the week experts were picking St. John’s as his choice, which made him think the Johnnies would have been the popular choice ...
A source said Riley was sold by the idea he would have a starring role immediately at Georgetown. He could be part of a big recruiting class there, as the Hoyas are viewed as one of the favorites for Ryan Mutombo, a top-40 prospect and the son of Dikembe Mutombo, and will be given the opportunity to play on the ball.
“Would you go to a team that already has a quarterback and you want to be the quarterback?” Monty Riley said, referring to the presence of soon-to-be St. John’s freshman Posh Alexander. “That was one of the deciding factors.”
Jordan Riley commits to Georgetown.— TheNextProspect (@TheNextProspect) July 24, 2020
“I was sold when Coach Ewing said I have number 12 waiting for you. He knew my number and that sold me,” Riley told us. pic.twitter.com/3EoFnV5YoO
“They really embraced him, the entire coaching staff including Coach (Patrick) Ewing, they stayed on top of things and recruiting with the kid. They thought they could build the program around him and was an intriguing prospect,” his travel coach with the New York Lightning, Shandue McNeill, told Rivals.com. “I think he brings a work ethic, he brings high-level athleticism, and he has been able to win wherever he has been throughout high school. He has always been a winner.”
One of the most athletic backcourt players in America, Riley is a true high-flyer who has strength and toughness to go along with his leaping ability.
His high school film from his junior year showed a more developed handle and confident jump shot, he just didn’t get to show it against national competition this summer.
“Because I got a good relationship with Patrick Ewing and coach Louis Orr,” he said of why he picked Georgetown. “They can teach me some things that other coaches can’t. He [coach Ewing] is an NBA legend.”
What will the New York native bring to the Hoya program?
“Everything, just everything,” he said. “I get everybody involved, I play defense, there’s a lot I can do, just unpredictable.”
The explosive and strong wing lands as Patrick Ewing’s second commitment of the 2021 class, joining Tyler Beard.
Ladies and gentlemen, @PhavrePhan_ has struck again. This is the second #DoneDeal he’s missed on this offseason. @CasualHoya @BobbyBancroft @AnonymousEagle @mubbnation @PaintTouches @snewby22 @patrickkleary #mubb #Hoyas #sjubb pic.twitter.com/d1B4SA05Iy— Jaden Daly (@DalyDoseOfHoops) July 24, 2020
“I saw the campus, I saw what I liked and I’m just ready to go there,” Riley said in a phone interview before his public announcement at Brentwood High School ...
During the 2019-20 season, Riley averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while earning Suffolk County Player of the Year honors and leading his team to a 23-2 record and a Suffolk Class AA Championship.
“I’m mostly a point guard but if it gets to a serious situation, then point god,” he said.
“[I’ll] be everywhere, attack everywhere, basically just kill,” he added of his planned role at Georgetown. “Score, play defense, get everybody involved.” ...
Riley said he’s working on recruiting three-star St. Raymond’s Class of 2021 guard Malachi Smith and five-star Class of 2022 Oak Hill Academy (VA) guard M.J. Rice to Georgetown.
Breaking: Elite 2021 SG Jordan Riley talks about commitment to @GeorgetownHoops, relationship with @CoachEwing33, who he's recruiting to DC and more.— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanSI) July 24, 2020
Full video interview link here: https://t.co/pl76Di0gcg pic.twitter.com/1KNQEZt3fQ
For Brentwood (N.Y.) combo guard Jordan Riley, it was important to pick a college where he could have the opportunity to showcase his abilities early and be in a system that would allow him to flourish; but just as important for Riley was who he’d be showcasing those abilities under ...
When asked how big a factor his relationship with Ewing was in his decision, Riley said, “Very big.”
“Not only was he calling me the whole time, when I go there, I can trust him as somebody that can look after me,” Riley said. “He was like ‘You made my day!’ He was happy.”
The best athlete we've landed since I don't know when. If Beard and he put pen to paper, that is a great, great start to this class.— Nolan (@NationWideNolan) July 24, 2020