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5-star SF Will Riley alters top 5 options

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Will Riley, one of the top prospects in the 2025 class, has made a change to his top five options. In late April, the 6-foot-8 small forward out of The Phelps School (PA) announced Alabama, Arizona, ArkansasKentucky, and the NBL as his finalists.

However, the five-star rising senior has altered his final group. Riley has now replaced Arkansas with Illinois, eliminating the Razorbacks from contention. Instead of the overases professional route known as the NBL, Riley will specifically consider the New Zealand Breakers, a team a part of the NBL.

For clarity, Riley is now considering a top group of Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, and the New Zealand Breakers.

Riley, On3’s No. 10 overall ranked prospect in the 2025 class class, has taken official visits to Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arizona.

Riley Scouting Report

“Will Riley scores the basketball. He has three-level feel and comfort on the ball getting to his spots in the half court. Riley’s game is quirky. He has footwork and utilizes up and unders, hesitations, and footwork in the paint to create his advantage. Would like to see him tighten his overall handle. While he is a 40+% shooter from three over high volume and time, his release can be inconsistent. Listed in the 6-9 range, he is a good rebounder for his position. He can push the break and handle the ball in the half court. He will need to continue adding strength. There are some unorthodox pieces to his game, but the long standing results of his vast bucket-getting speak volumes.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw

What he’s is looking for in a school

“For me, it is going to come down to which situation I like the most,” he told On3’s Jamie Shaw in a previous interview. “When I go on my visits, I’m going to take in the people that are around me, the culture of the program, the coaches. I’ll look if it fits my play style and all that.

“I’m going to be looking for a team that plays me the way that I play. I don’t want to go somewhere that is going to stick me on the block, because of my height. I’m OK playing in the post a little bit, but I’m at my best with the ball in my hands, playing in ball screens, and creating and shooting.”