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Ocoee High alum Grant Riller leads College of Charleston to NCAA Tournament berth | Observer Preps

Grant Riller, a 2015 graduate of Ocoee High, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. He and the Cougars will play in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament next week.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Grant Riller and the College of Charleston Cougars are going dancing.

Riller, a 2015 graduate of Ocoee High School, scored 20 points and added four steals in Charleston's thrilling 83-76 overtime victory over Northeastern in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tuesday.

Photo by Rafael Suanes / CAA Sports

The win earned the Cougars a berth in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament — it is the first trip to "The Big Dance" for Charleston since 1999.

The Cougars rallied from a 17-point deficit behind the strong play of Riller and Joe Chealey — a graduate of nearby Apopka High School. Chealey scored a team-high 32 points, including 23 in the second half during Charleston's comeback.

Riller was named the Most Outstanding Player for the CAA Tournament.

Additionally, he and Chealey both were voted to the five-man All-CAA first team, announced prior to the league tournament.

A sophomore, Riller has averaged 18.7 points per game this season.


Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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