Bearcats Men's Basketball Signs 7-foot-2 John Riek

Aug. 12, 2008

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head men's basketball coach Mick Cronin announced today John Riek, a 7-foot-1 center from the Sudan, has signed a financial aid agreement with the Bearcats and he intends to join the team for the 2008-09 season.


Riek, who escaped the war-ravaged Sudan as a teenager, comes to Cincinnati after exploding onto the basketball scene last summer at the LeBron James Skills Academy where he was named the event's top underclassman by recruiting analysts. Following the camp, Riek spent the 2007-08 season at the Winchendon School, where his stock rose and he entered his name into the NBA Draft. Considered a potential lottery pick, Riek was named the No. 1 high school center in the country by and at one point was considered the top player available for the draft by Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman.


"We are very excited that John has decided to be a Bearcat," said head coach Mick Cronin.  "John is a great young man that has a world of potential.  He is 7-1 with a 7-foot-8.5-inch wing span so he brings plenty of size and length to our front line.  Most importantly, John is a very hard worker with a great deal of determination, which excites me as a coach."




Riek joins fellow newcomers Yancy Gates, Cashmere Wright, Steve Toyloy, and Dion Dixon as part of Cronin's third recruiting class at Cincinnati. Gates and Wright are considered by many of the recruiting web sites as two of the nation's top 100 players, while Dixon joins the Bearcats after coming from the highly-regarded Crane High School program in Chicago, Ill. Toyloy is a junior college transfer from Miami-Dade Community College.