Richmond Finds Home In A-10

Akeem Richmond scored 2,846 points at Southern Lee. Next season, one of the state of North Carolina's most prolific scorers will lace them up for Rhode Island.

Jim Baron and the Rhode Island Rams played beat the buzzer with a recruit known for his long buzzer beaters. Akeem Richmond, a 6-foot-1 senior scoring guard out of Sanford (N.C.) Southern Lee, committed to play for the Rams Wednesday afternoon.

"I almost pulled the trigger when I went up there for the official visit," Richmond said. "He told me where I'd fit in and how I'd take his son's spot and they need a scorer real bad. I watched them against UMass and they needed a main scorer. I can come in and get the job done."

Richmond, one of the state's prolific scorer's of the past decade, averaged 30 points last season in his senior sendoff. He's all-state player with range on his jumper and the confidence to find the bottom of the net.

Wednesday was a great day for him. "I like the attention. I like all the attention and signing day was great. My family was all around me and that was the best part for me."

Richmond, whose father was a football player at East Carolina, saw how committed URI was to his son. "They went out their way," Eric Richmond said. "There's a difference between being wanted and really needed. Coach Baron showed the difference with their trips to Sanford, N.C. They showed him where he fits in and everything."

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