Due to his exploits on the middle school travel circuit with the California Basketball Club, Cody Riley
of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
entered high school with as much hype as any player in the 2017 class.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman forward hasn't disappointed.
MaxPreps was on hand Tuesday as Riley scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots to lead the Trailblazers to a 47-44 win over Alpha League foe Brentwood School (Los Angeles).
For the season, Riley is averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while helping Sierra Canyon go 24-2 – including impressive wins over state powers like Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) and Chino Hills.
Part of what makes Riley's story so intriguing is the supporting cast at Sierra Canyon. Six of the team's top seven scorers are freshmen or sophomores.
Second-year point guard Devearl Ramsey
— a member of USA Basketball's gold medal-winning U16 team last summer — is posting 14.9 points and 6.1 assists per game while 6-7 freshman Ira Lee
is contributing 9.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
With a third-place finish at the Under Armour Holiday Classic in December (which resulted in a two-week run in MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25), Sierra Canyon has already demonstrated the ability to play with some of the nation's top teams. Tournament and event organizers are hounding head coach Tyrone Nichols in an effort to line his team up for 2014-15.
Expect Riley and the Trailblazers to become a prominent storyline in the high school basketball sphere over the next few years.