ALBANY — Riley Mulvey is just 17 years old … and he already stands 6-foot-11.
Mulvey, a sophomore basketball standout at Albany Academy, has already garnered some national attention, drawing interest from both Iowa and Rutgers, while a scholarship offer is already there from Siena College.
College recruiters will get another chance to evaluate Mulvey Saturday night when Albany Academy meets western New York power Park School at 8 p.m. in the SLAM North South Classic at Washington Avenue Armory. The game caps a seven-game marathon that kicks off at 11 a.m. with Cohoes meeting Albany.
“It’s fun to be taller,” Mulvey said with a smile following a recent practice at Albany Academy. “I’ve gotten used to reaching over everybody and tipping the ball back into the basket.”
Playing in front of college coaches is nothing new to Mulvey, who began to attract attention beginning his freshman year. The Albany Academy program, led by head coach Brian Fruscio, has enjoyed an impressive track record of late with placing players at the next level, such as Hameir Wright (Washington), August Mahoney (Yale) and current senior Andre Jackson, who will play at UConn next season.
Mulvey, who grew over three inches between his freshman and sophomore years, has blossomed under Fruscio’s tutelage, averaging 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks per game this season.
“The coaches all came in to see Andre last year and guess they liked what they saw from me, especially since I was a freshman,” Mulvey said. “I’m always working on my game. I work a lot on my post hooks and mid-range jumpers.”
Mulvey, a Rotterdam native, attended Schalmont and Mekeel Christian Academy prior to heading to Albany Academy at the start of his eighth-grade year. He said his decision to attend Albany Academy has paid off, both on and off the basketball court.
“It’s been a great experience,” Mulvey said. “The classes are tough, and the coaching staff is the best. The program is team-oriented and everything, including our schedule, is done at a high level.”
Fruscio said he expects Mulvey to attract even more attention in the coming seasons. Mulvey is expected to play on the AAU circuit this summer for the Albany City Rocks.
“Riley is a major prospect,” Fruscio said. “He does so many things well for a 10th-grader. He really knows how to play, and he’s a high major rim-protector. His offensive game is solid and is improving every day.”
The sophomore star comes from an athletic family. His father Martin Mulvey is the second all-time leading scorer in Siena men’s soccer history with 27 career goals, while his uncle Jack Mulvey is a Siena Hall of Fame inductee and his single-game program record of 30 rebounds, set in the 1964-65 season, still stands.
Also, Riley Mulvey’s brother, C.J. Mulvey, played for Fruscio at Albany Academy and was part of two federation tournament championship teams, and his oldest brother Taylor Mulvey was a member of the CBA state championship basketball team back in 2010.
“Albany Academy has been a positive environment for Riley and we couldn’t be happier with the guidance from coach Fruscio,” said Martin Mulvey, who compiled his career goals total at Siena in just two seasons in 1985 and '86. “Riley is far from done. He has come a long way from a couple years ago.”
Meanwhile, Jack Mulvey couldn’t be more proud of his nephew.
“Riley is a tiger and just a wonderful kid,” Jack Mulvey said. “If you talk to coaches, they’ll tell you the same thing. He has a much better shot than I did. By the time he’s a senior, everyone will be chasing him. Best of all, he’s such a nice kid.”