Riley Battin is an elite student-athlete currently attending Oak Park High School in metropolitan Los Angeles. Riley is one of the fastest rising frontcourt players in the country, currently ranked #101 overall in the class of 2018 per 247Sports. The 6’10 stretch four has absolutely blown up this spring and summer for Earl Watson Elite on the prestigious Under Armour Circuit, where he’s averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game heading into the UA Finals this weekend. College programs from across the country have no doubt taken notice, and the offers have come in abundance, as college coaches covet the versatile big man with the sweet stroke, good footwork, soft touch, and great vision to be an impact player at the next level.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great spring/summer, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Earl Watson Elite as a team and for you individually?
RB: I think things are going really well. We are all very excited for the rest of July and we all believe that we have a great shot at winning Under Armour Finals in Atlanta. For me personally, I have been working out a lot in preparation for July and I can’t wait for these upcoming tournaments.
Riley Battin had 20 points in last nights session and is rebounding hard in the evening session!
— Justin Downer (@CoachJDowner) June 5, 2016
Sophomore Riley Battin had 47 points in Oak Park's 93-67 win over Bernstein.
— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) March 13, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
RB: I would say I’m a very skilled stretch 4 who can score both inside and outside.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
RB: I work on my game every day that I don’t have a tournament.
— Oak Park Basketball (@OPboysbball) June 13, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
RB: My favorite subject is either History or Math.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
RB: I plan on majoring in either Business, Communications, or Sports Management.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
RB: Well, I’m on a court most of the time, but when I’m off it I enjoy hanging with friends and spending time with my family. I’m usually so busy that whenever I have an opportunity I try to fit in one of those two things.
2018 Riley Battin's savvy/feel around the basket are high-level…like the no-look pass too…2017 Joe Quintana (Bonita)…definite sleeper
— Joel Francisco (@JoelFranHoops) March 6, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
RB: Portland, San Francisco, American, CBU, Cal Poly SLO and Utah State.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
RB: Gonzaga, Montana, Cal, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, Stanford, USC, Davidson, San Diego State, Notre Dame, Marquette, Georgetown, Butler, Florida State, Santa Clara, Harvard among other schools.
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
RB: I would say Stanford, Montana, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Colorado, Davidson, Cal and Butler are recruiting me the hardest but other schools are recruiting hard as well.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
RB: The most important factor is finding a school that is a perfect fit for me both athletically and academically. Also, finding a place where I fit in with their style of play and can be utilized most effectively.
— Oak Park Basketball (@OPboysbball) June 4, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
RB: On the court, the goal is always to win in everything I do while getting better in the process. Off the court, my goals center around maintaining high grades in school.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
RB: I would say to always work your hardest in everything you do. If you don’t put in full effort every time, you can’t expect to see results.
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