One of the best centers on the West Coast in 2018 is Ezekiel Richards, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound post from Oak Park (Calif.).
Richards, who started playing basketball as a freshman, has grown four inches over the last year. He’s got very good size, decent length, a big build, soft hands and touch, rebounds his area well and blocks shots.
“I feel like I play great low post defense,” Richards said. “I’m a pretty good rebounder and low post player. I have good positioning down low and know when to kick ball out to get assists. I feel like I’m good going up and down the court.
“I want to get better at midrange shooting, in the low post and high post and being comfortable dribbling.”
Being new to the game, Richards has shown consistent progress over the last year and – especially in a class with little center depth on the West Coast – should have plenty of options at the end of the day.
“I feel like I’ve improved a lot,” Richards said. “I still have moments where I should be more comfortable, like all players, but playing more and more I’ve gotten more comfortable with the game.”
Richards holds offers from Hawaii and Cal State Northridge, with San Jose State showing interest.
“I’m really open right now,” he said. “Just getting to college is my main goal.”