ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball program has added another top junior-college talent to next season’s lineup as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Thursday that Colorado Northwestern Community College’s David Riley has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves.
A 6-8, 235-pound forward from Farmington, N.M., Riley started both of his seasons at CNCC, shooting 54 percent from the field for his career. As a sophomore last year, he averaged 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, finishing third in rebounding and second in blocks in the Scenic West Conference. Riley had 12 double-figure scoring efforts in 2018-19 and seven double-figure rebounding games, including season highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds against Eastern Arizona.
“We are excited that David has decided to become a Seawolf,” said Osborne. “We have watched David since last summer and seen him grow as a player. Although his team did not have as much success as they had wanted, he proved to be one of the better forwards in the Scenic West the last two years, despite playing in a guard oriented offense.”
As a freshman at CNCC, Riley earned Second Team All-Scenic West honors after averaging 9.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and shooting 58 percent from the field.
“David is a legitimate 6-8 with a wing span of 6-11, and he has the ability to score in the post and step out and shoot from 17 feet,” Osborne added. “He is also a very good rebounder. With David and (fellow newcomer) Oggie Pantovic, we feel we have added two quality post players to complement our perimeter. In addition to his on-court talent, David is also an outstanding student who graduated high school with a 4.0 and JC with over a 3.8 GPA, and plans to major in a pre-med field.”
Prior to junior college, Riley was a second-team all-state performer at Farmington High School, where he led the Scorpions to 26-4 record and the New Mexico 5A State Tournament quarterfinals as a senior in 2017.
Riley joins fellow junior-college standouts Keegan Crosby (6-6, 215, G, Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale HS/North Idaho), Amari Hale (6-1, 165, G, Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS/Eastern Arizona) and Pantovic (6-8, 225, F, Kovin, Serbia/Utah State-Eastern) as the fourth member of UAA’s 2019-20 recruiting class.
|2018-19 Media Guide||2018-19 Season Recap|
|Live Stats||Live Video|
|GNAC Standings||NABC Div. II Poll|
|Alaska Airlines Center|