2015 Intro: Malachi Richardson

ROSELLE, N.J. – Malachi Richardson and his Roselle (N.J.) Catholic Lions entered Thursday night's showdown against Montverde (Fla.) Academy with a great deal of fanfare surrounding the game.

In the last contest of the Roselle Catholic Hoops for Troops Basketball Classic, the Lions were set to take on arguably the best team in the nation in front of a packed house. The game, though, did not go as Richardson and his teammates would have liked.

Montverde steadily built its lead throughout the contest and wound up with a 77-51 victory. Despite the defeat, Richardson said it was still a good experience to take on the Eagles.

"It was great to play against the number one team in the country," Richardson said. "We suffered a tough loss, but we'll get through it. We still got a whole season to play."

Richardson, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard/small forward ranked No. 16 in the class of 2015 by Scout.com, is in his first year at Roselle Catholic. He spent his freshman year at Trenton (N.J.) Catholic.

"It was a big move for me, but I think it was a better move," Richardson said of the change. "Playing with Trenton Catholic was great, playing with a bunch of great seniors, but coming here to play with Tyler Roberson and Hakim [Saintil] is a better move for me, I think."

Richardson, who lists his jumper as his primary strength and rebounding as his chief weakness, spent some time discussing his recruitment.

He said he holds scholarship offers from Indiana, Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and James Madison. Other schools showing interest include Syracuse, UConn and Villanova.

As for North Carolina, assistant coach Hubert Davis was in the house at Roselle Catholic for the game against Montverde.

"I mean, it's good," Richardson said of Davis being at the game, "but I didn't play as well as I wanted to and we took a tough loss."

Richardson added that he was aware that UNC was interested in him and confirmed that he too is interested in the Tar Heels.

"Tradition, great tradition," Richardson said of what he likes about North Carolina. He also noted that he thinks Roy Williams is a "great coach."

UNC also seems to fit the bill in some of the key categories that Richardson is looking for in a college.

"Big-time school that plays the guards [is in] a tough conference and [where I would] be able to graduate in three years," Richardson said of what he wants in a college.

At this point he remains unsure of whether there is a specific style of play he wants to be a part of, or whether location will be a factor for him.

As aforementioned, Richardson is ranked amongst the best players in America in the sophomore class. He talked about where he personally feels he stacks up when it comes to the top guards around.

"For New Jersey, I might be one of the best," Richardson said. "For the country, I might be one of the best because I just work hard and keep playing."

Asked what it has been like to get so much attention at such a young age, Richardson replied, "It's a great experience, but it can always get better. I just want to keep working and get better."

Richardson did not have any particular player he compares his game to. He also said that he needs to improve "everything, especially getting stronger" before he goes off to play college ball in a few years.

Before then, he has one primary goal at the high school level.

"I want to get a state championship," Richardson said.

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