Westmoore's Anthony Riley – Academic Athlete Presented by Republic Bank & Trust


By Corey Heim

A power forward in basketball and a long jumper in track for Westmoore High School, Anthony Riley can also add star academic student to his long list of accomplishments as a junior.

“Anthony is the type of young man that exemplifies what a student athlete should be,” said Patrick McKay, head golf coach and recruiting coordinator. “He is a student first, while excelling in the athletic area. Anthony is a tremendous success both academically and athletically.”

Riley has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 127 in his class. While his favorite subject is math, he has won an Academic Excellence award for English 2. He credits his success to his teammates, coaches and grandpa.

“They push me to be the best I can be on the court and field, and just as a person in general.” Riley said.

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When asked how he is able to balance competing in two sports as well as in the classroom, he said makes sure to dedicate equal time to both. He credits being able to effectively balance his priorities due to his mother.

“I’ve always felt like academics were important because my mom has always pushed me to be successful in the classroom,” Riley said.

While Riley has been influenced and encouraged by his teammates, coaches and Westmoore’s faculty- he has also had a prominent positive influence on them as well.

“He truly is a great young man. The type that makes you want to get into education and stay in education.” McKay said.

After graduating from Westmoore next spring, Riley hopes to continue competing in basketball and track on the college level. He aspires of making it to the Olympics one day; a dream that doesn’t seem out of reach for a student as gifted and dedicated as he.