CHICAGO, Ill. — They may not have a head coach as of yet for the 2018-19 season, but the Chicago State Cougars have themselves a talented point guard moving forwards.
Following the 2017-18 season, the Cougars fired head coach Tracy Dildy after eight seasons at the helm of the program. Dildy, who also served as the Athletic Director, was relieved of his duties after guiding the Cougars to a 3-29 record.
Now, with the 2018-19 season getting closer with each passing day, the Cougars are still without a head coach to guide the team into the future. With that said, they are still active on the recruiting trail and landed themselves a point guard with Division I experience on Sunday afternoon.
Guard Darrell Riley, Jr. announced on his Twitter page that he was committing to Chicago State, putting an end to his recruitment after transferring from Williston State College.
Riley sent out the following tweet on Sunday afternoon, announcing his commitment to the Cougars.
The announcement brings Riley’s commitment process back to where it began following the 2017-18 season. In January, he had originally committed to the Cougars, but opted to open up his recruitment a short time later. Since then, he had picked up offers from the likes of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs and the Prairie View A&M Panthers, a pair of teams that he is familiar with from his time in the SWAC.
But, Riley opted to verbally commit to Chicago State once more, and the Milwaukee, WI native will be a name to watch in the WAC this season because of it.
Back in the 2016-17 season, Riley appeared in 25 games as a freshman for the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in the SWAC. He posted an average of 9.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Riley shot 35.3% from the floor and 43.5% from three point range on the year.
This past season, Riley was a key contributor for the Williston State College Tetons. Riley appeared in 27 games for the Tetons, averaging 15.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. He also pulled down 3.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 41.3% from the field over the course of the season.
Riley did commit an average of 3.0 turnovers per game last season, a number that he will look to minimize this season at Chicago State.
The Cougars are coming off a 2017-18 season that saw them go just 3-29 overall, and 1-13 in conference play. Their lone win over a Division I opponent came against the UMKC Kangaroos in the regular season finale.
– T. Bennett