Florida guard Freddie Riley is headed to prep school this fall instead of college. The three-guard from Ocala told Rivals.com on Monday afternoon that he is also back on the recruiting board.
Riley signed with Florida Atlantic in the spring and when Rex Walters left Boca Raton for San Francisco, the class of 2008 Rivals150 prospect looked at his options. Riley told Rivals.com he will attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia in the fall and he will be a recruitable prospect in the class of 2009.
"I'm open again," Riley, a 6-foot-5 guard from Ocala, said. "When coach Walters left, I knew I would be open again. He was the one reason why I went there. I figured there would really be no point in me being there without him."
Riley was likely headed to Hargrave regardless of the coaching situation at FAU anyways but he said the entire situation should turn out for the better at the end of the day.
"I look at it like a blessing in disguise," Riley said. "I feel like that year there is going to be an added advantage for me because I'm going to know what it is like to play with other guys that are going to be good players in college."
The extra year has already boosted his recruitment. Riley said South Florida, Central Florida, Florida, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, Kansas State, Baylor, George Mason, Memphis and Miami are currently being considered.
Riley shined at the Tournament of Champions last week with the Florida Rams and showed off his shooting touch and utilized his size at his position to shoot over the defenses that came at him.
A number of colleges will likely come at him as well come July. Riley will play in Cincinnati, Tampa, Las Vegas and Orlando during the evaluation period.