Photo courtesy of Stewart Photography
Marietta High senior Braden Riley (33) scored 33 points in a 74-45 rout of Belpre at Sutton Gym last Saturday night.
GPA: 4.0; Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Colleges being considered: Marietta and West Virginia University
Possible major: petroleum engineering
Family: Steve and Lisa Riley (father and mother); one older brother, Wes (currently enrolled and playing soccer at Marietta College)
Question: You and your Tiger teammates are currently enjoying a solid winter on the hardwood. Talk a little bit about the season.
Answer: Right now, we're just hoping to improve and set a good starting point for Coach (Mark) Duckworth. Really, we just want to maintain our focus, and just keep getting better. I know we'd all like to get an opportunity to play at the Convo (Ohio University Convocation Center).
Q: As far as basketball goes, would you like to play collegiately?
A: Right now, I'm kind of undecided about that.
Q: As a four-year varsity letterwinner in basketball at Marietta High, you've had a number of 20-point-plus games and highlights. Name a couple of thrills that stand out in your career.
A: Last year, when I was a junior, I dunked on a breakaway against Frontier, and that was pretty exciting. My only other dunk was against Coshocton this season when the Marietta High 1978-79 championship team watched us play.
That was really a thrill having those guys (1978-79 alumni) talking to us before and after the game. I really enjoyed listening to what they had to say. They're a really good group of guys.
When I score 20-plus points in a game, that's always exciting. It just goes to show you that hard work does pay off.
Q: Who has influenced or impacted your basketball career the most at Marietta High?
A: My dad (Steve). He's always there for me, and works with me. I like to make him proud of me. I don't think he and my mom have missed any of my games.
My brother (Wes) sometimes gives me some pointers. We'll play one-on-one in our driveway sometimes.
Q: Is there anything you like to do off the court?
A: I like to go fishing. But really with basketball and my school work, I really don't have much time for anything else.
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