Riley Playing Hoops in Italy


Aug. 25, 2008

TUSCALOOSA - Mykal Riley, a senior on the University of Alabama basketball team this past season in 2007-08, has signed a contract and will play in the Italian League. The Pine Bluff, Ark., native is playing for Carife Ferrara in Ferrara, Italy.

"I'm excited to begin this new adventure in Italy in the first League," said Riley in an interview on the team's official website. "After the Orlando Summer League, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City (summer leagues) I rested at Pine Bluff with my family. I studied the city on the internet and was was struck by the Castello Estense and the positive news on food."

He is now in Italy with his new team.

Riley transferred to Alabama his junior season in 2006-07 from Panola Junior College where he was a JUCO All-American. He quickly became a starter at Alabama, averaging 12.6 points and starting in 20 games his junior season. This past season he started in 32 of Alabama's 33 games and averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. His play in Atlanta in the 2008 Southeastern Conference Tournament landed him on the SEC All-Tournament team. Riley scored 26 points against Florida in the first round in a game where he tied the school record with eight 3-point shots made (of 12) then scored 18 points, including a clutch 3-point shot that sent the game into overtime, the following night in the quarterfinal against Mississippi State. In fact, Riley's on-the-court heroics that night were later credited as real life heroics as, just minutes after he made the shot that extended the game time and kept fans in the building, a tornado struck the Georgia Dome where the game was being played.

Earlier this summer Riley played in the NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors. Riley graduated from Alabama in December 2007 and took classes toward a second degree this past spring.