Rotterdam resident Riley Mulvey leaving Albany Academy basketball for Connecticut school

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Rotterdam resident Riley Mulvey, the much-sought after 6-foot-11 rising junior basketball player, is leaving Albany Academy for St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Connecticut.

Rotterdam resident Riley Mulvey, the much-sought after 6-foot-11 rising junior basketball player, is leaving Albany Academy for St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Connecticut.

Mulvey made his decision official Friday, and the next day he received his seventh Division I offer, from Syracuse University. His decision, he said, was made in the interest of further development as a ball player.

“Purely the reason I am going is because the season [in New York] looks like it might not happen,” the 17-year-old Mulvey said Tuesday afternoon. “I think there’s a better chance they’ll play in Connecticut. Even if there’s a chance we can’t play [a season in Connecticut], I will still be able to play at St. Thomas More in a bubble situation. I will be able to work out every single day, and go against real good players every single day.”

Mulvey attended Albany Academy the last three years and, as a sophomore, helped the Cadets achieve a No. 1 state Class A ranking before the season was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His sophomore stats included 12 points, 12.4 rebounds and six blocks per game, and a 71 percent field-goal percentage.

“I loved Albany Academy,” said Mulvey, who is ranked No. 22 among the nation’s rising junior centers by 247Sports Composite. “It was such a tough decision, but I really want to play basketball.”

Mulvey will play for head coach Jere Quinn on St. Thomas More’s prep team. Mulvey’s older brother, Taylor, is the head coach of the school’s varsity team and a St. Thomas More alumnus.

 “I’m a little conflicted,” Mulvey said. “I’m excited, but at the same time, I’m disappointed I have to leave Albany Academy.”

Aside from Syracuse, Iowa, Yale, Bryant, UMass, Siena and UAlbany have extended offers to Mulvey. Many other institutions have expressed interest in Mulvey, including Michigan, Maryland, Stanford, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Boston College, Providence, Penn, Vermont, Air Force, Lehigh, Holy Cross and La Salle.

“Riley is a major prospect,” Albany Academy basketball coach Brian Fruscio said. “He is a winner. He is part of a culture we’ve developed here. He’s grown as a teammate and as a person as well as player, and he’s getting better. He comes from a great family. All of these things matter.”

St. Thomas More’s alumni list of major college players is extensive, and its NBA alumni list includes Charlie Brown, Quincy Douby, Andre Drummond, Damion Lee, Eric Paschall, Omari Spellman and Edwin Ubiles.

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