South Alabama adds grad transfer to the basketball roster

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MOBILE, Ala. - University of South Alabama men's basketball head coach Richie Riley announced Friday that graduate transfer Tashombe Riley will play for the Jaguars in the 2018-19 campaign.

Riley, who played three seasons at South Carolina State and sat out 2017-18 due to injury, will have one year of eligibility remaining.

In three seasons at SCSU, the 6-foot-7 forward appeared in 98 games with 68 starts, and averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

"Tashombe is a guy that brings a high level of energy and effort to our team," Richie Riley said. "His ability to be effective both inside and out adds versatility to our team. We expect him to have an immediate impact on our program."

As a junior in 2016-17, Riley averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. He was second on the team in scoring and was first in rebounding, shooting percentage and steals (23).

The Orangeburg, S.C. native hit double-digit points 22 times that season, including a season-best 21 against Bethune-Cookman. He recorded his only double-double of the year in a two-point win at Furman with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The season prior, he was fourth on the team with an 8.1 point-per-game average and pulled down 5.1 boards per game, second-best on the team. In his freshman campaign, he put up 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest.

As a prep at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Riley was named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State team.

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