2010 Spotlight: Brian Richardson

After a rocky start, Wilson (NC) Greenfield and standout junior Brian Richardson have reeled off an impressive streak of wins and are now ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A poll.

After a rocky start, Wilson (NC) Greenfield and standout junior Brian Richardson have reeled off an impressive streak of wins and are now ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A poll.

"I think we've won 23 straight games now," said Richardson. "We started 0-4 and now we're 23-4. We just started playing together as a team so we've been winning. At the beginning of the season we played a lot of nationally-ranked teams and we improved from it. We're playing hard and playing as a team."

Greenfield has a big game on Wednesday night. The team travels to Raleigh where they will face Word of God Christian Academy. Featuring five-star point guard John Wall and talented combo forward C.J. Leslie, the Holy Rams are ranked No. 2 in the 1-A poll right behind Greenfield.

Earlier in the season, the two teams squared off in Wilson and Greenfield came away with the victory, 73-40. However, Wall and Leslie missed the game for disciplinary reasons... look for them to be on the floor this time around.

"It's a big game for us," said Richardson. "It's going to be a big game. C.J. is a great athlete, and he can play on the wing or in the paint.

"I'll be going against John Wall. I know him real well. We get along real well. Every time we play against each other we go at it. He's a good player... he's real fast and can make a lot of plays... it's going to be a good game."

Richardson can play too. The 2010 wing is averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Greenfield. At 6-foot-5, he has the size to play on the wing but the ballhandling and playmaking ability of a guard. His versatility is a major asset.

"My coaches want me to score the ball a lot," said Richardson. "They also want me to get other people involved and work against smaller guards. They want me to use my size against them and be versatile... just play a lot of different positions and make plays."

College coaches have been coming through to evaluate Richardson. He already holds a pair of high-major offers and has taken a few visits.

"Virginia, South Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, and NC State are evaluating me," said Richardson. "Virginia and South Carolina have already offered. Virginia offered me about three days before I visited them. It was exciting to get that first big offer. On my visit, I liked the atmosphere of the school and the facilities.

"I've been to South Carolina and UNC-Wilmington too. I'm going to try and take some more visits after my season."

"Most schools like my size and ballhandling ability," Richardson added. "They like how I can handle, play multiple positions, and see the floor. I know how to change speeds and do a lot of different things, at least that's what the schools tell me."

NC State just became involved. The Wolfpack evaluated Richardson recently, and assistant coach Pete Strickland is heading up his recruitment.

"NC State just jumped on me a couple of weeks ago," Richardson stated. "Coach Pete Strickland is recruiting me for them. He came by the school, and we've been keeping in touch.

"I like State since it's close to home and my parents could see me play if I went there. I'm going to try and visit them soon. I know my mom would like that since she's a State fan."

Richardson admits that despite NC State being an in-state school, he isn't too familiar with their program.

"I've been on NC State's campus, but I don't know much about them," he said. "That's why I want to take that visit... so I can get to know more about them because it's a good school that's in the ACC and close to home."

Richardson, who is undecided on an AAU team, will likely play for Boo Williams or the Charlotte Royals. Don't expect a quick decision, as he hopes to make a commitment later this fall.

"I'm still looking," he said. "Obviously I like UVA and South Carolina because I've visited them, but I'm still open. Marquette is a school I really like too. I've talked to coach, and he seems cool. I like their system, and I think I could fit into their system.

"I'll be making a decision right at the beginning of my senior season and signing in the first signing period. I'm going to be looking at the atmosphere of the campus, the style of play and the location for my parents. Those are the three big things I'll be looking at."

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