CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) -
College of Charleston alum Grant Riller was selected with the 56th overall pick in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
“It is [a dream]. And I’m super blessed and fortunate to be in this situation.” Riller said in an conference call on Thursday. “Its definitely something I will never take for granted. I don’t think I’ve gotten the smile off my face since last night. It’s a long road ahead, obviously the work doesn’t stop now, it only begins. I’m glad I was able to enjoy it and soak that all in with the people who have been in my corner since day one last night. But I know the real work starts now and I’m just excited to get my foot in the door and help as much as I can.”
The former Cougar because the 4th player from CofC to be selected in the draft joining Anthony Johnson in 1997, Andrew Goudelock in 2011 and Jarrell Brantley from 2019.
“That was crazy to kind of get that call, especially after the path I had to take to get here. Its super hard to put into words because its such a surreal feeling. But I’m super familiar with Charlotte. I’m from Orlando, so it’s not too far from there. I went to school in Charleston, South Carolina. So it’s not too far, probably about three hours away. So I spent a ton of time in Charlotte, tons of my teammates in the past are from Charlotte, so I’m super familiar with the area and definitely feel good about it.”
In Charlotte, he’ll join former CofC teammate Joe Chealey who has been with the Hornets organization for the past 2 seasons.
That’s somebody I look to as a brother.” Riller said. “We’re both from Orlando and both went to the same school. So I’ve talked to him about it, even before yesterday, before I knew I was coming to the organization. He’s told me nothing but good things, he’s mentored me on how to be a pro and stuff like that. Overall I’m just excited and happy to be with an organization that’s really good and an organization I’ve heard nothing but good things about.”
Riller finished his time with the College 2nd on the all-time scoring list for the school with over 2,400 points finishing just behind Goudelock.
He was the 2nd point guard taken by Charlotte during the draft who took LaMelo Ball with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round.