Pat Riley’s Brother Lenny was a Talented Basketball Player

Lenny Riley, the older brother of former NBA coach and present president and general manager of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley, was a very talented basketball player.  At 6’3″, Lenny was a prolific scorer and a solid rebounder.  He also had the quick hands and made many steals at the defensive end of the floor.  Riley played for St. Columba’s High School which was located on Craig Street in the Hamilton Hill section of Schenectady from 1950 to 1953.  Tom Howley, who won a New York state Public High School Championship when he coached Niskayuna High School in 1978, was the St. Columba’s coach back then.  Riley won the Schenectady County scoring crown the 1951-1952 season.  The 1952-1953 season, he was leading the county in scoring through the month of January.  At that time, he was hitting a remarkable 45% of his shots from the field.  One of his greatest games came in a head-to-head battle against Scotia’s Bobby Wayand.  Wayand and Riley were competing for the county scoring leadership.  Riley scored 28 points to take the scoring lead.  He also had 18 rebounds and played a superb defensive game, picking off numerous passes.  Coach Howey called him the best college prospect in the entire Capital Region.  Riley played his college ball at Florida Southern.

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