Maurice Rioli Jr brought stunning basketball skills to the MCG – here’s proof it wasn’t a one-off
Maurice Rioli Jr brought some impressive basketball skills to the MCG – here’s proof that he was no exception for the rising star.
- Rioli Jr has joined his teammate Willie and his nephew Daniel in the AFL
- The teenage forward kicked three goals against West Coast a week ago
- He displayed a variety of silky skills against Collinwood at the MCG on Saturday.
- One trick was a basketball rebound, which he has thrown before in the NT.
Another Rioli has hit the AFL stage and the young star from Richmond has returned in a big way with a bag full of tricks.
Teen star Maurice Jr is the cousin of teammate Willie Rioli and the uncle of Daniel Rioli, who plays for the West Coast Eagles.
He was handed his shot by manager Damien Hardwick in 2021 after impressing in the VFL and kicked his first AFL goal against North Melbourne.
Rioli is a rising star and has impressed in his AFL games so far in 2022.
He played two AFL games in 2021 before being sent back to the reserves to develop and was recalled by Hardwick against West Coast, where he kicked three goals.
Rioli retained his place against Collingwood at the weekend and finished with 14 disposals, five inside 50, three assists and six scoring appearances in his time as a small forward.
But it was one party trick in particular that caught the attention of fans.
Rioli tricked Magpie Darcy Moore by bouncing the ball basketball style and then hooking it into the goal and Tom Lynch waiting.
It was a fantastic and unpredictable game, but surprisingly it wasn’t Rioli’s first time doing it. Flash back to the TIO NTFL Finals in 2020 and the Livewire forward also pulled out the basketball rebound, with greater success.
Playing for St Mary’s in the Northern Territory league, Rioli returned the ball to him and scored the first goal of the game in incredible style.
Hardwick was full of praise for Rioli’s efforts against the Feet.
‘Maurice, only in the first half, [he had] two of those chase tackles, there might even have been three, which we haven’t seen since Daniel, his cousin, was there,” he said.
It’s really growing. He’s a guy we recruited, how old is he, two, almost three years ago? He’s just gotten better every year and that’s what you love as a coach and as an organization.”