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3 & D Mystro: The Specialist


Riley Melvin

Twitter: RileyMelvin3

Instagram: riley.melvin

6'2 ,178lbs.

c/o 23

Spire Academy, Geneva OH

Post Grad 22-23

 

Melvin is an elite 3 & D guard who has racked up the points at every level he has ever played at. For the past 2 years, Riley’s POA% has been above 80% . He is a relentless worker, who makes it his mission to always guard the other team's best player. He is both a leader on and off the court. He makes sure he and his teammates are always on the same page, and that they all know the game plan through and through. Throughout his career, he has always been the key to his team's offensive game plan, whether on the catch and shoot, or off the bounce/ motion. He has shot over 40% since 2019.

 

This kid has made boxing out bigger players an absolute artform. He plays with intensity and passion, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He plays great helpside / gap defense to help put his team in a position to win each and every time. Riley’s senior stats were 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds , 7.2 assists per game while shooting 48% from 3 point land on 6.8 attempts per game. He most recently played for the Aurora Elite AAU where he became a 3 % D player, especially a better on ball defender. He said his goal is to become even more athletic laterally and vertically as well as putting more size on his frame. He also wants to continue to improve as a ball handler and finisher. He said he fully realizes the college game is a completely different animal, and he is going to continue to put in the work to someday play in college. 

 

When asked, he said “My goal is to be one of the best shooters on the team.” He is an unselfish player who is just as happy dishing out the rock to his teammates as he is scoring himself. It is pretty easy to see that this kid is the ultimate competitor. He said no matter what he is doing, he just loves to compete, whether it be pick-up ball or playing for a championship. He loves when people doubt him, as that only further fuels the fire that burns deep down inside him. 

 

He remains calm under pressure, and when a game is not going his team’s way, he is quick to take a deep breath, and not ever let any moment get too big. He fully understands that sometimes you just have an off day as a player, and your shots are just not landing in the net. His high game IQ is what separates him from other players. At Spire, he put together scouting reports which helped lead them to a 35-6 record. Riley's understanding of the game is incredible, and that helps him be the coach on the floor. No one will outwork Riley on the floor. He is a coachable sponge, who is always looking for feedback and constructive criticism which will allow him to improve his game. 

 

Riley feels he can play at any level in college. Canadian basketball is on the rise, and he said he would love to play there too, if given the chance. At the end of the day, he fully understands that it is an honor just to be playing the game. He said the transfer portal has made it even more competitive, so he knows he has to continue to outwork everyone. He was committed to a D1 NAIA (Peru State) but had financial issues at the last minute and was forced to find a school near home that could give him a roster spot, 2 weeks before school started. This made it extremely tough, and he was forced to attempt to walk. On top of that, he was dealing with a torn ankle ligament, which forced him to be unable to try out. Any coach would be very wise to take my advice, and give this kid a chance to show what he can do. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!  

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