Dons Basketball Announces 2024-25 Recruiting Class

The Dons men’s basketball team finished with an overall record of 23-11 this season. Pictured: Chris Gerlufsen. Photo courtesy of Chris M. Leung/Dons Athletics.

The Dons men’s basketball team is gearing up to make another run at a national championship, as they announced their recruiting class for the upcoming 2024-25 season. 

Forward James O’Donnell

Forward James O’Donnell comes from Australia’s Centre of Excellence, known for producing several Australian NBA players through the years such as Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aaron Baynes, Dante Exum and Cameron Bairstow. The program also developed senior Dons forward Josh Kunen and former Bulls center Luc Longley, who was the first Australian player to win an NBA title.

O’Donnell was also on Australia’s U16 and U17 national teams and received an invite to the NBA’s Global Academy, the same academy attended by current forward Junjie “Barry” Wang. O’Donnell finished as a top-ten scorer at the NBA Academy games in Atlanta, Ga.

Head Coach Chris Gerlufsen said, “We expect James to be tremendously impactful both on and off the floor. His work ethic and skillset on both sides of the ball make him a high-level prospect.” 

Guard Tyrone Riley 

Guard Tyrone Riley was named the D3AA Player of the Year while he was leading St. Pius X-Matthias to the CIF-SS Division 3AA Boys Basketball Championship in February. He was also honored with the prestigious Wooden Award as the CIF-SS D3 Player of the Year in the 22-23 season. He averaged 25.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game. 

His father, Tyrone Riley Sr., also played for two years at USF. Riley said, “[Tyrone Riley Sr.] built a legacy… in his two years of being there, and I feel I can make the legacy bigger. Also, I feel like it would give me a goal to aim for since there are things that he did not accomplish [here] that I feel like I can.” 

 , “The program is like a true family,” Riley said in an interview with 247 sports. “The coaches care about the players and the players have a brotherly bond. They also fit my style of play with how they let their guys play free and get in transition. So I feel like with that playing style, I can really thrive,” he added.

Forward Jason Rivera-Torres 

Forward Jason Rivera-Torres was a four-star recruit before he entered the college ranks. Before his collegiate career, he played at John Marshall High School in Richmond, Va. . He helped his team to an undefeated 28-0 record and finished No.1 in the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. 

At Vanderbilt, the wing played in 29 games in the 23-24 season, including two starts. He averaged 15.4 minutes per game, 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Rivera-Torres also poured a season-high 20 points against Alabama in Vanderbilt’s SEC opener on Jan. 6th, 2024.

Off the court, Rivera-Torres starred in “Swagger,” an Apple TV+ series with NBA veteran Kevin Durant as an executive producer. 

Center Carlton Linguard Jr. 

Center Carlton Linguard Jr. spent the last two seasons with University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners(UTSA). 

He found success in his collegiate career going through Temple Community College in Texas, where he ranked as the 12th-best junior prospect in the nation, according to 247 Sports in 2019-20. He pushed Temple to a 24-7 overall record, with an average of 13.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game. He led the team in total blocks, blocks per game, total rebounds, and offensive rebounds. Linguard Jr. finished in double figures in 25 of his 30 games for Temple, which included 12 double-doubles.

The -7-feet tall center had 27 starts for the Roadrunners and averaged 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Linguard Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points in UTSA’s 89-88 victory over Tulane on Jan. 24.

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