Richard Finds C-USA To His Liking

Beaumont Ozen combo guard Kris Richard is off the board. On Monday, the high-scoring Texas enlisted with a Conference USA team.

Dave Dickerson and the Tulane Green Wave landed a key backcourt target. Kris Richard, a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Beaumont (Tex.) Ozen, committed after considering SMU, Texas A&M, S.F. Austin, Sam Houston State and Penn State.

"They gave me a real down home feeling," Richard said. "Tulane was on me since the start of the process so I knew them for awhile."

Last year, Richard put up 18 points a game at the high school that once was the home to Boston Celtics first rounder Kendrick Perkins. He played last summer for the T-MAC All-Stars and was a standout at the adidas Superstar Camp.

"I see him as a two guard that can play some point," Ozen coach Andre Boutte said. "That's exactly what they wanted him for. What's impressive about Kris is that he's the type of player who doesn't have to have the ball and he's a super kid. He's a 3.2 student. He's already qualified."

Richard agreed with Boutte's assessment but really likes sharing the basketball. "I think my greatest strength is getting my team involved. I can score but I like to get my team involved. When it's working its beautiful."

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