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HONORS: Incoming Hoyas Guard Named New York’s ‘Mr. Basketball’

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6’4” Shooting Guard awarded New York State’s top high school basketball honors

Georgetown v St. John’s

The Georgetown Hoyas’ incoming guard recruit, Jordan Riley, has been named “Mr. Basketball” for New York by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY).

The “Mr. Basketball” Award is widely viewed as the top award that a high school basketball player in New York State can receive.

Jordan Riley is a 3-or-4-star-rated 6’4” guard recruit out of Brentwood on Long Island in New York, who, last July, chose Georgetown over St. John’s and others. He was recruited by Patrick Ewing and Louis Orr.

According to the BCANY’s profile, Riley is 247 Sports: ranked #118 Nationally, ranked #29 Shooting Guard, #2 ranked in NYS on 247 Sports, ranked #129 Nationally for Rivals, and ranked #104 Nationally for Prep Hoops. The press release reads:

BCANY Names 2021 Mr New York Basketball Jordan Riley Brentwood HS , Brentwood, NY

Jordan Riley, from Brentwood HS, Brentwood, NY is named the recipient of the 2010 “Mr. New York Basketball” Award by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc. Davis was selected at the end of a two part process: (1) voting by BCANY and media members and (2) BCANY Committee deliberations.

The Mr. New York Basketball award is presented by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, Inc, which consists of basketball coaches at the scholastic and collegiate levels from throughout the entire state. The Mr. Basketball Award is widely viewed as the top award that a high school basketball player in New York State can receive.

In winning the Mr. Basketball Award for New York, Riley beat out several highly ranked recruits including finalists:

AJ Griffin Archbishop Stepinac-CHS SF 6’7” Sr.

  • Committed to Duke
  • 247 Sports: ranked #7 Nationally, ranked #2 Small Forward, #1 ranked in NYS
  • ESPN 100: ranked #14 Nationally, only NYS player ranked
  • Rivals: ranked #6 Nationally
  • Prep Hoops: ranked #7 Nationally

Malachi Smith St. Raymond-CHS CG 6’0” Sr.

  • Committed to Dayton
  • 247 Sports: ranked #151 Nationally, ranked #18 Combo Guard, #3 ranked in NYS
  • Rivals: ranked #130 Nationally
  • Prep Hoops: ranked #188 Nationally

Jaquan Carlos Thomas Jefferson-PSAL PG 5’10” Sr.

  • Committed to Hofstra
  • 247 Sports: ranked #166 Nationally, ranked #24 Point Guard, #4 ranked in NYS
  • Rivals: ranked #150 Nationally
  • Prep Hoops: ranked #180 Nationally

Several scouts who have seen Riley live since last summer have called him very underrated and believe that in a non-pandemic world he would be rated much, much higher. Of course, who knows if he would have chosen Georgetown then.

There was a bit of controversy a few months ago when Riley’s high school coach apparently did not file the appropriate forms for nomination for McDonald’s All-America honors. Hopefully this well-deserved Mr. Basketball trophy likely softens that blow considerably.

As of today, Georgetown’s incoming freshman class (2021) is:

  • Aminu Mohammed G/F 6-5
  • Ryan Mutombo C 6-11
  • Jordan Riley G 6-4
  • Jalin Billingsley F 6-8
  • Tyler Beard G 6-1

Congratulations, Jordan. See you on the Hilltop soon.

HOYA SAXA.