One of the fast rising prospects
in the class of 2009 is DJ Richardson, a shooting guard out of
With so many schools showing
various degrees of interest, DJ admits that it is hard to remember them all.
"There are a lot of schools sending me mail, but I would have to say that
Just having started his junior
year in high school, DJ doesn't see himself narrowing down his list of schools
anytime soon, but he does know what he is looking for. "I want to play for a
team that really pushes the ball up the court. I want to play on a team that
really gets it and goes, but not necessarily a run and gun situation, but in a
transition type of offense."
The 6'3 guard not only knows what style of play he is looking for in a team, but he knows what he wants in a coach too. "I want to play for a coach that really knows how to coach guards, someone who has put guards in the NBA. Not that the NBA is the focus, but I want someone who will really develop me into a complete guard."
DJ has been playing AAU ball for the Illinois Stars, but will he wait until the next AAU season to decide where he will be playing at the next level? "I won't make a decision until 2008, probably after my high school season. Right now I just want to focus in on my grades, grades and basketball."
From the answers given above, we can say that we know quite a bit about DJ Richardson, so how about a little fun with a Q & A?
IWB: Who is your favorite NBA team?
IWB: Favorite NBA player?
DJ: Dwyane Wade is number 1,
IWB: Who is the most famous basketball
player to ever come out of
DJ: Shaun Livingston
IWB: No love for my boy Curly "Boo"
Johnson? The ‘World's Greatest Dribbler' started at point guard for the Harlem
Globetrotters for 17 years!
DJ: Yeah, I'll go with him, I forgot about him.
IWB: I went to school with him. He
DJ: He went to the same Middle School that I went to.
IWB: You got me there.
IWB: Who is the best player you ever played against?
DJ: Overall or AAU?
DJ: Overall would be Shaun Livingston, AAU would be Korie Lucious.
IWB: Korie Lucious?
DJ: Yeah, Korie Lucious
IWB: What is your favorite NFL team?
IWB: Favorite NFL player?
DJ: Michael Vick. Well, it was until all the stuff about him came out, now I'll have to find someone else.
IWB: Favorite pro baseball team?
DJ: No thanks.
IWB: What is your best sport outside
DJ: I really only play basketball.
IWB: Then what are your favorite
sports to watch other than basketball?
DJ: On TV or in person?
DJ: I like going to football games, like high school games. When it comes to football, I like to see the games in person. I like to see it with my own eyes. When it comes to TV, believe it or not I like watching gymnastics on TV. It is amazing the way they can do flips the way they do. I don't really want to go see it in person, but I do like watching it on TV.
IWB: To close it out, what is one thing that people wouldn't know about you?
DJ: Probably my personality. People probably don't realize how good of a person I am. That is something that I am proud of.
So there you have it – taking a look at DJ Richardson. There is a lot to be said about this young man, as a person and as a basketball player. To date I have read different views and opinions of his game, but much like his thoughts on watching football, I would much rather see him play in person, with my own eyes.