A riser in the 2020 class, Isaiah Rivera, of Geneseo, Ill., recently drew his first offer and is seeing interest in his game heat up this fall as he gears up for his sophomore season.  At 6’4, Rivera is a power guard with good size and length who uses his skill to get to the rim and find opportunities to score. He can create for others and scores from all over the court.

He put together a strong summer competing for Quad City Elite’s 15U team.

“This summer was a great experience to play against top competition,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about my game and how i can take over a game if my team needs me to and also when make plays for others to make the players around me better.”

He recently drew his first Division I offer from Southern University in Louisiana and has also drawn interest from several high majors. Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois have come to see workouts, while Northwestern, Iowa State and several Missouri Valley teams have contacted his coaches.  He has taken a visit to Michigan and he says Northern Illinois wants him to check out their campus on a visit. 

“I’d like to get to Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois if i can and maybe some others who would like me to visit,” he says.

With an eye on his future, Rivera is staying focused on the present. He is just one of two returning players this year for Geneseo.

“We will improve a lot with how hard we are working and how hard coach (Brad) Storm is pushing us physically and teaching us how to play the game right,” Rivera said.

Rivera says his family and the Quad City programs has had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.

“My family keeps me inspired knowing they will do whatever to help me be my best and always reminds me that I can always put the extra time in the gym for them,” he said. “Also seeing all the past Quad City Elite players have success i know they are all hard workers.”