Admirals Sign 7'2" John Riek from Mississippi State
St. Joseph, MI. - The Lake Michigan Admirals have always been known as an organization that creates opportunities for young professional athletes to showcase their talents in front of agents and scouts with the possibility to sign a contract at the next level. Since the Admirals' inception, there has been 37 players sign overseas and south America contracts. This year alone, starting point guard Desmond Wade signed with the Brampton A's in Canada, Florentino Valencia signed for his fifth straight season in Puerto Rico, and Waki Williams has been signed to Bahrain. "Chris Glisson has a gift to seek out talented players. Every time he announces a player on the website, we start getting calls," stated head coach Jon Solomon.
The Admirals will continue giving players an opportunity by replacing the players who have been signed away to different countries. Today, the Admirals have signed 7'2" Big Man John Riek from Mississippi State. Hello Admirals!
John Riek is well-traveled as he has gone from Sudan to the United States, from Cincinnati signee to Mississippi State, and from NBA draft prospect to now playing for the Lake Michigan Admirals.
Riek was born in war-torn Sudan and didn't start playing basketball until 2001 when he was living in Ethiopia. He came to the United States in 2006 and ended up spending time at prep schools in New York, Massachusetts and Florida.
"With his 7'8" wing span, Riek will cause a lot of misdirected shots and rebound, rebound, rebound, and that's what we need," added Solomon. The Admirals play this Saturday, 6:00 pm, at Lake Michigan Catholic against the Indianapolis Diesels. For more information, go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com.