COLUMBIA — Tashombe Riley had an “unsung” performance this past Saturday at Myrtle Beach High School in the Carolinas All-Star Classic.
The Orangeburg-Wilkinson All-Star senior forward scored a game-high 26 points on 10-14 shooting, including 4-5 on 3-pointers to lead South Carolina to a 99-90 victory over North Carolina. Despite the effort, Riley was surprised when All-Star teammate Jaylen Shaw of two-time Class 3-A champion Hartsville was named the Most Valuable Player for South Carolina after finishing with 23 points, seven assists and three steals.
“I was shocked,” said Riley in a Friday telephone interview. “Everybody thought I should have gotten it.”
Riley’s performance did not go unnoticed by several Division I teams. After receiving scholarship offers from smaller Division I schools like South Carolina State, Winthrop and North Carolina-Wilmington, Riley said schools like Wake Forest, Virginia Commonwealth, St. Mary’s and Charlotte have now expressed serious interest.
Tonight in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resource Center Arena on the campus of Benedict College, Riley has a chance to further impress college scouts in The City vs. The State All-Star Classic. Tipoff for the Classic is 6 p.m. and tickets are $5 for high school students or younger and $10 for adults.
Riley and Khalil Halls of Class 2-A champion Lake Marion will represent the South Carolina team against Team Columbia, which includes Cardinal Newman’s Austin Ajukwa, Spring Valley’s Dominique Taylor, Lexington’s Nygel Gates and Irmo’s Justin McKie. Ajukwa and McKie are headed to Clemson and South Carolina, respectively.
Former Gamecock players will serve as head coaches with Melvin Watson of South Pointe in charge of the South Carolina Team and Terry Dozier of Westwood leading Team Columbia.
Riley is hoping to have a “strong finish” to his prep career with this time getting MVP consideration.
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