July 22, 2024

5-Star SF Recruit Will Riley Commits to Illinois Over Kentucky, Arkansas, More | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

CHAMPAIGN, IL - FEBRUARY 04: A cheerleader waves a flag with an Illinois Fighting Illini logo before the college basketball game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Illinois Fighting Illini on February 4, 2024, at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Class of 2025 small forward prospect Will Riley has committed to Illinois over Kentucky, Arkansas and other programs, per 247Sports’ Jeremy Werner.

Riley, a Malvern, Pennsylvania, native, is a 5-star prospect considered to be the No. 12 overall player, the No. 3 small forward nationally and the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania by 247Sports composite.

Along with offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky and others, Riley also had professional opportunities before ultimately picking the Fighting Illini, according to Werner.

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2025 5-star Will Riley just committed to Illinois🔥
Riley is the 9th ranked player in his class pic.twitter.com/zvomx5lgCf

With a 0.9955 247Sports Composite, Riley is Illinois’ highest-ranked recruit since the start of the Composite era in 2003. Brad Underwood, who took over as head coach in 2017, has been responsible for the six-highest recruits in the last 22 classes, Werner noted.

Illinois is coming off a strong 29-9 season where it lost to eventual champion UConn in the Elite Eight—its best finish during Underwood’s tenure. The Fighting Illini lost a handful of players to the transfer portal and star player Terrence Shannon Jr. to the draft, but they’re looking to post another promising season as they await Riley’s arrival in 2025.