Richardson taking his time

Malachi Richardson recently had a strong showing at Peach Jam. Read on to find out how Arizona is doing with him, when he will cut his list, and more.

Although the LeBron James Skills Academy is mostly filled with rising high school seniors, numerous younger players are often invited as well.

Roselle (N.J.) Catholic small forward Malachi Richardson was one member of the 2015 class that attended the camp.

"It has been fun playing against a lot of great players," Richardson said. "These are some of the top players in the country. It has just been fun to get out here with them."

Although he was just one of just a handful of younger players to be invited to the camp, the age difference didn't bother him.

"It's cool to be here with some older guys who are about to go into college," he said. "At the same time, everyone is the same to me. We all have to put our sneakers on the same way, so we just have to get out there and play."

Throughout the week, Richardson was able to learn from many coaches at the camp, including Miles Simon and Jay Bilas.

"I learned a bunch of different things from the great coaching staff that they have here during the skill workouts," Richardson said about his experience at the Lebron James Academy. "We have learned a lot about the screen-and-roll and help defense. It has been pretty helpful."

Even though his team won the championship at the Lebron James Academy, Richardson played below his own standards for parts of the tournament. He knew he had to play better, and did as he had a breakout game with 22 points on 6-12 shooting to open the Peach Jam tournament.

"I could have played better, but I just have to pick it up and play better next time," he said. "I need to be a little more aggressive, but I just have to get back out there and play."

It is still early in Richardson's recruitment, but he has already picked up a few offers from several big name schools.

"My recruitment has been going well so far," Richardson said. "I picked up a couple offers early on and now I am just trying to figure out what school is going to be best for me.

"I talk to Arizona, Indiana, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Connecticut. Arizona was one of the schools that offered me."

Richardson wants to go to a school that will help him excel at basketball and grow as a player and he feels Arizona offers him a place to do that.

"Arizona's pitch to me is that I should be ready to come in and play," Richardson said. "They want me to be ready because they are going to make me a lot better than I am now.

"I'm really impressed with the coaching staff at Arizona. It is proven to be great with development. It is just a great family-oriented coaching staff."

During the AAU circuit in July, Richardson won't have much time for anything besides basketball. Once he has some time to think things over, he wants to get a list of schools in front of him and start looking closer.

"I don't have any visits planned yet, but I am working on getting that worked out," he said. "I should have my top 13 ready by the end of the summer. That's when I'd like to take a closer look at things."

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