No, not that MSU. I'm talking Mississippi State University. I just read this on Rivals.
Assuming that they wouldn't make **** up, Miss St now has a nasty frontcourt. Renardo Sidney and Jarvis Varnado was already impressive, but now they have a 7'2 freak with a 7'8 wingspan backing them up, plus whatever bigs they already would have had. Plus they have a legit talent in the backcourt in Dee Bost, and some experienced role players like Barry Stewart and Ravern Johnson.
I guess Sidney going there compelled Riek to hop on board. I'm thinking if Sidney is as good as advertised, this team could go to the Sweet 16. And then if Sidney isn't "one and done" good, they will have Sidney and Riek as sophomores.
Riek is a major project. I hope Stansbury has the patience to really work him over. Physically he's about as gifted as you'll find. Hopefully they don't settle on him being a shot blocker, space eater, rebounder.
Riek is listed as not turning 20 till November, but looking at him seems almost unbelievable. I wouldn't be surprised if he was 25 or 26. The hype around him is just because of his height and ridiculous wingspan. He's got terrible hands, isn't a great rebounder, and fairly weak for his size. To make it worse, he didn't even do all that well in prep school where he was significantly taller than the rest of the competition and probably 5-6 years older.
It does seem like he'd be around 24 or so, seems as if we've been hearing about him longer than Oden. Not that it really matters how old he is I suppose, just that if he can play, and that's the iffy part.
Look, I'm not suggesting that Riek is going to suddenly become an actual basketball player, or that he is even a legit NBA prospect at this point, but at the college level he can average 2+ blocks in his sleep with enough playing time, and it's not like Mississippi State gets a whole lot of big time recruits.
Say what you want about Riek, but there is a lot of tools to work with there. I've seen a picture of the dude hooking his fingers around the rim with his feet on the ground. Physically, he's a freak. After a few years in college, bulking up some and developing skills and bball iq, he will probably be MSU's star player in much the same vein as Varnado.