Will Richardson, a 6-4, 180-pound class of 2018 prospect, joined Mitchell at Coach Bruce Pearl’s Elite Basketball Camp on Sunday and was one of the most impressive players at the event, which led to a scholarship offer this week from the Tigers.
“It was just a fun camp and a good experience,” said Richardson, who showed a strong all-around game as a scorer, defender, rebounder and passer. His combination of quickness and basketball skills gave opponents trouble throughout the camp, which featured several hours of game competition.
Richardson said the trip to Auburn was his third one. “Auburn is a great school,” he said. “They call me a lot. Auburn is one of the schools on me the hardest right now.”
Two others are the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern, the first two programs to offer him a scholarship.
As a sophomore he played on Liberty County’s state championship team that defeated a powerful Jonesboro High squad 58-52 in the title game, denying that team a third consecutive state title. Richardson scored 19 points in that contest, up from his sophomore season average of 13.2 points per outing. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Asked what he sees as the best part of his game, Richardson said, “I am a good shooter and I have a high IQ.”
Richardson, who will be a junior this season, said that Auburn is getting a strong player in Mitchell, who is one of the reasons AU’s recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout.com.
“Davion is an awesome player," Richardson said. “He is a good passer, he can score at will and he is very athletic. He is a great person outside of basketball and we hang out every day.”