Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former Syracuse Big Riley Cleared at Eastern Michigan
Former Syracuse big man Da’Shonte Riley was given a waiver to begin play immediately at Eastern Michigan — and can suit up tonight (Tuesday) against Radford.
“We are thankful to the NCAA for granting Da’Shonte the waiver for him to become eligible for competition right away,” said first-year coach Rob Murphy, the former Syracuse assistant. “Da’Shonte transferred to EMU so he could be closer to his family in a difficult situation. I’m happy that he is able to give his family the support they need.”
The 7-foot Riley, a graduate of Detroit Country Day , spent the previous two years at Syracuse. He played in 17 games as a true freshman in 2009-10 and saw extensive playing time in the NCAA Tournament while filling in for starting center Arinze Onauku.
He averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 boards that year. Riley was awarded a medical hardship in 2010-11 after breaking his foot.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.