Big 12 For Little Charlie

Charlie Richardson sure is good at keeping a secret. The diminutive Maywood, Ill., point guard made a commitment more than two weeks ago -- and word is just now getting out.

"Nebraska," he said when reached on his cell phone Tuesday evening. "I committed two weeks ago last Thursday. They were recruiting me real hard. Then I went out there on a visit, and they really showed me a good time."

Richardson, a 5-8, 150-pound floor general, said he picked coach Barry Collier's Huskers over Wyoming, Florida State and Mississippi State.

"The Big 12 is the No. 1 conference in the nation," he explained, "and there's a great possibility I can go there and play right away. Their point guard right now is a senior. I feel at home there. I fit in."

Richardson is small in size but big on skill and leadership. He's a high-energy player who's a tremendous passer and a ferocious on-the-ball defender.

He averaged 10 points, eight assists, seven steals and five rebounds a game last season for perennial Chicagoland prep power Proviso East.

Also in last year's high-powered backcourt on that squad? McDonald's All-American Dee Brown (now a freshman point at Illinois) as well as likely 2003 Mickey-D's honoree Shannon Brown (a Michigan State commitment).

Richardson helped PEHS to a quarterfinal berth in July's And1 High School National Championships and traveled the spring and summer circuit with Larry Butler's Illinois Warriors.

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