UK Hoops Adds Transfer Point Guard
Jan. 14, 2009
“I am very happy to announce the addition of Crystal Riley to our basketball team,” Mitchell said. “She is a player I was familiar with and thought highly of coming out of high school. For us to have the opportunity to coach her here at Kentucky truly excites me. She is a very versatile point guard and she has tremendous court vision. Crystal also has the valuable combination of being able to distribute the ball so her teammates can score and being a legitimate scoring threat as well. She is a great penetrator and good shooter and she will help our team in a significant way.”
Prior to signing with LSU, the 5-5 point guard was rated the 11th-best point guard in the nation and the 59th player overall in the Class of 2008 by Hoopgurlz.com. She was a three-year all-district, all-city and all-metro selection under Coach Reginald Jones at Hillcrest High School in Memphis, Tenn., and was a 2008 Class AA Miss Tennessee Basketball finalist. She averaged 21.0 points per game as a senior and 15.0 points and five assists as a junior. As a sophomore, she helped lead Hillcrest to the Class 4A state championship while earning all-district, all-regional and all-state honors. Riley also excelled in the classroom as she was a member of the National Honor Society.
Riley, one of six freshmen on LSU's roster, averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in six games t his season. She will have three years of eligibility remaining at UK and will be eligible for game action after the fall semester of 2009.