Oklahoma guard excited for AAU circuit

It's not that shooting guard Josh Richardson isn't pleased with the two offers he currently has. Nonetheless, the Edmond (Okla.) standout believes that he should have additional offers to his name at this juncture, and it is nothing that a solid showing in July cannot fix. ASU is one of those two programs who offered and Richardson talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for about a month," said the 6-5 180 Josh Richardson. "They offered me a couple of weeks ago. I actually happened to talk to Coach Sendek today and we talked basketball and some small talk too.

"Coach Sendek and Coach Smith feel that my style of play fits Arizona State. They think my mid-range game and being able to slash to the basket are my biggest assets. I'm a pretty long player so I can really disrupt things on defense. I play point guard for my AAU team (Oklahoma Athletes First) so I can bring the ball up the court, but I'm really more of a shooting guard and that's what teams are recruiting me as. I do want to work more on my three-point shooting."

Richardson, a 2011 prospect, plays for Santa Fe High School and noted he has averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game as a junior.

Harvard is the only other school that has offered Richardson, who indicated that several other schools have been showing interest in him in the last several of weeks.

"Wichita State, UCLA, Georgia, Baylor and Alabama have been talking to me a lot," Richardson stated. "Oklahoma kind of came into the mix about a month ago, and Oklahoma State (where his sister attends) hasn't been really recruiting me. I don't why the local schools aren't recruiting me as much as other schools but that's their deal."

Consequently, the guard is more focused on what he can control.

"I'm actually very excited for all the (AAU) tournaments coming up," Richardson acknowledged. "I'm not trying to sound mean or anything, but I want to play against people that are ranked ahead of me to see if they are really that much better than me. I know that a lot of coaches will be watching me and if I play well I'll get more offers and that's what I'm trying to accomplish."

Residing in Oklahoma Richardson has obviously been following one of the best players to ever don the maroon and gold, James Harden, who just completed his NBA rookie season for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"It's really cool that someone from that school, who plays my position, got drafted by the NBA," Richardson commented. "I like his game and I draw comparisons to him all the time. Coaches tell me that my game right now resembles the way he played at this age."

Richardson has already been at the Oklahoma schools, as well as UCLA and Baylor. In the upcoming months, he would like to visit at minimum the two schools that offered him thus far.

"Distance from home isn't something that is a big deal for me," Richardson claimed. "It would be nice if my family could come and see me play but it isn't that big of a deal."

Academics, on the other hand, are an important aspect of his decision. Richardson plans to major in medicine and could see himself going straight to medical school after he exhausts his eligibility.

"I'm not only going to look at Ivy League schools," Richardson said. "Anywhere I can go to a medical school and feel I get a good solid education is where I will end up at. I'm also looking at style of play, coaches' demeanor, location and weather."

Richardson stated that he has no favorite schools at this point, as he is keeping all options open.

"I don't exactly when I'm going to commit," Richardson said, "But it will probably be closer to signing day. I'm going to make a decision when the time feels right."


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