Brian Richardson gave his all in his last high school game as a junior, but the 20 points by the three-star recruit was not enough, as his Greenfield School (NC) team fell short to United Faith 81-64 in the NCISAA 1-A semifinals after winning 23 games in a row Friday. Greenfield finished the season 31-6.
"With the type of year he's had, he's getting a lot of interest," Greenfield coach Rob Salter said.
That type of year has been Richardson improving his game, and it has shown in his stats. According to Salter, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a sophomore. He was able to up his numbers to 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists through his junior year.
"I improved so much during the off-sesason, just working so hard," Richardson said. "I've done a lot of different workouts, trying to get stronger and everything. I know that (my stats) have improved because of hard work."
Now that the season is over, Richardson can look to improve his game some more and focus on all the recent attention that colleges are giving him.
"It's a couple of schools that I like — South Carolina, Virginia and UNC Wilmington," Richardson said.
According to Richardson, all three have offered. South Carolina a month ago, Virginia offered about a month and a half ago and UNCW offered about two months ago. Also showing interest as of late are Clemson, Marquette, N.C. State and Arizona State.
Richardson likes the style of South Carolina, Virginia and Marquette.
"I could really thrive in their systems because I'm the best in the open court," he said.
Comfort level is big for Richardson, as he likes South Carolina because of the similar style of play that he plays at Greenfield. However, another key factor that will really weigh in on his decision is proximity.
"I know location is big for my parents because I know they want to come see me play a lot," Richardson said. "Arizona State wants me too, and that's a big deal because my parents want me to go to school close to home. But it's my decision, and I will consider going out west though."
Versatility is why many schools want the guard.
"He can play all three positions. He can play the point and on the wing," Salter said. "That's why you think he's one of the top juniors in the country."
Different schools see different things in Richardson and that's why they are recruiting him at different positions.
"I really see myself playing the two, but a lot schools like how I handle the ball and could see me at the point," said Richardson, who also added that the Gamecocks are the only school that has officially offered that is recruiting him at the two.
Even though the Tar Heel state standout is still in the rough draft aspect of his recruiting, he's still targeting a time period for making a decision.
"Hopefully in the fall of my senior season I can really talk to my family and my coach," Richardson said. "I really want to make my decision in the fall."
As far as South Carolina is concerned, assistant coach Scott Cherry extended the offer. Coach Salter sees the potential in Richardson and knows once he makes some improvements, the junior can really go places.
"He's been playing at a high level," Salter said. "Once he gets a little stronger, I definitely believe he's an NBA talent. He's got all the skills. With his length and athleticism, he can play real good defense."
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