Deal is Done….Arkansas has secured a spot among the top choices for Will Riley, a highly-regarded wing player from the…

Arkansas has made the final cut for one of the top wing prospects in the 2025 recruiting class. Will Riley, who ranks as the No. 22 overall player and the No. 3 small forward in the class, revealed his final five options on Wednesday. Among them are the Arkansas Razorbacks, Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, and the professional path through Australia’s NBL.

Riley, a 6-foot-8, 178-pound small forward, is a highly sought-after recruit. He’s currently a four-star player in the 2025 class, ranked No. 22 overall by 247Sports, while other industry rankings consider him a five-star prospect and place him at No. 15 overall.

The Phelps School (PA) standout Will Riley had previously considered Duke, Michigan, UCLA, and Villanova, but these schools are no longer in the running. Currently, his final five choices are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, and the professional route in Australia’s NBL. So far, Riley has made just one campus visit, which was to Arizona in March, and he mentioned that he intended to schedule more visits during the summer.

Riley already has a scholarship offer from Arkansas, extended in May last year by then-head coach Eric Musselman. However, initially, Arkansas didn’t make Riley’s original Top 10 list, indicating that there wasn’t much interest from him at that time. Now, the Razorbacks have made his final cut, signaling a renewed connection with the talented 2025 wing.

Riley has shown substantial interest in Kentucky and its head coach John Calipari throughout his recruitment process. When Arkansas hired Calipari away from Lexington, Riley’s interest in playing for the Hall of Fame coach persisted, ultimately leading him to include the Razorbacks in his final list of options.

Riley has been generating lots of buzz this season at the Phelps School in Malvern, PA. He’s a 6-foot-8 wing who can do it all, but he has a particular knack for putting the ball in the basket. Riley has been a consistent impact player this season despite being far from a finished product. As a result, evaluators are excited about his upside.

He had already established himself as a national stock-riser in the class of 2025 this season, and he continued to live up to that hype last week with his latest 40-point outing. The thing that really stood out in that setting was how much room he still has for additional growth.


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