Eric Riley

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Eric Riley
Personal information
Born (1970-06-02) June 2, 1970 (age 46)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio)
College Michigan (1989–1993)
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career 1993–2004
Position Center
Number 42, 40, 54, 44
Career history
1993–1994 Houston Rockets
1994–1995 Los Angeles Clippers
1995–1996 Minnesota Timberwolves
1996–1997 Apollon Patras (Greece)
1997–1998 Dallas Mavericks
1999 Boston Celtics
2000–2001 Indiana Legends (ABA)
2001 Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela)
2001–2002 Euro Roseto (Italy)
2002–2003 Liaoning Dinosaurs (China)
2003–2004 Proteas EKA AEL (Cyprus)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 574 (3.1 ppg)
Rebounds 479 (2.6 rpg)
Stats at

Eric Riley (born June 2, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. Riley played for the Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics in five NBA seasons, averaging 3.1 points per game. He was an injured reserve member of the 1993–94 Houston Rockets who won the NBA championship.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he played for Cleveland's St. Joseph High School and then collegiately at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he redshirted on the 1989 NCAA national champion Wolverines team, and then was the sixth man on Michigan's 1991-92 & 1992-93 Fab Five teams that reached the 1992 & 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship final game.

College career[edit]

In 1991, as a sophomore, Riley led the entire 1990–91 Michigan team in both rebounding and blocked shots. In fact, Riley was second in the Big Ten Conference in rebounds for the 1990-91 season.[1] He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 1991.[2] On the Fab Five teams, Riley led all reserve players in points, rebounds and blocks. After being relegated to reserve status following the arrival of the Fab Five, he had the best game of his career in the Southeast Regional semifinals of the 1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[3]

Pro career[edit]

His rights were acquired by the Rockets in a pre-1993 NBA Draft trade and they waived him on December 12, 1994.[4] Thus, Riley was a member of the 1993-1994 Houston Rockets when they won their first title under Michigan alumnus Rudy Tomjanovich, though Riley was put on the injured list before the playoffs started. Following his NBA career, he had a long career in Europe.[5]

Later work[edit]

In 2009 Eric Riley started a non-profit called High Rise Foundation. HRF is a non-profit charity with the mission to mentor young adults through sports programs, sports clinics and academic tutoring.


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