``He wanted to stay close to home and compete in the Big East," St. Ray's coach Oliver Antigua said. "He wanted to play against the best players and also go where his family could see him play."
Laing, who visited Seton Hall about 10 days ago, averaged 15.5 points and 6 rebounds per game as a junior and will likely have a different role his final season.
``He's a warrior," Antigua added. "He's going to compete as hard as anyone in the country. He's one of the most improved players in the country - he's really worked on his ballhandling and his outside shot where now he can play the three."
One of the primary reasons why Laing was considering Richmond was because former St. Raymond's head man Gary DeCesare left to become an assistant coach for the Spiders last season.