Richardson "can score so many different ways"

When Brian Richardson's junior year was coming to a close, the Greenfield School (N.C.) standout had his mind set toward the ACC. But over the course of the summer, his eyes were opened to the SEC, and South Carolina was the beneficiary. The 2010 shooting guard committed to the Gamecocks the Monday after he took his official weekend visit.

"I just felt right about it the whole weekend. Everything felt right," Richardson said. "There were no cons about the school or the situation and everything."

Richardson had no intentions of committing after the trip, and he really didn't have a favorite going into the trip. But that all changed. "He called me last night on his way back and said that he loved it," Greenfield coach Rob Salter said. "We sat down this morning and talked about it, and he told me he thinks that's what he wanted. So, I told him if feels that strongly about it, to go ahead and do it."

There was no reason for Richardson to drag out the process because he was convinced, and made an emotional, family decision.

"My mom was pretty high on South Carolina, and so was my dad. It was an easy decision," the 6'4" guard said. "After I left the school, I made up my mind. I didn't see a reason to keep waiting. I knew it was good to my heart and to my parents."

Richardson's other schools in his final four were Alabama, Auburn and UNC Wilmington, with official visits setup to Alabama and UNC Wilmington having to be cancelled.

"He loved it when he went down there this weekend," Salter said. "He was so comfortable when he stepped on campus, and he knew that's where he wanted to go."

This was Richardson's third trip to Columbia. "We went to a team camp in the summer," Salter said, "and we went and watched a basketball game last year against Winthrop."

A common theme with all players in the class, South Carolina was one of the first schools to offer, and they've shown Richardson interest since his sophomore year.

"Coach (Neill) Berry recruited me the whole while, and I made good relationships with the other coaches," he said.

During his junior season, the 6-foot-4 Richardson averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. "I think the biggest thing about Brian is his versatility, he can play three different positions — the point, shooting guard and the three," Salter said. "He can score so many different ways, that it's hard to beat."

USC's lead man also sees this in Richardson, to go along with high remarks of Richardson's character. "Coach (Darrin) Horn told me I was a high-character guy," Richardson said, "and he liked my versatility being able to score the ball at the one, two or three."

Horn isn't the only one that spoke high of the way Richardson carries himself. Trinity Christian (N.C.) coach Heath Vandevender — who coaches Damontre Harris, and against Richardson several times a year — called Richardson a "high-class guy" and had nothing but praise for him.

Richardson took his official visit with Harris, and a pair of 2010 Gamecock commits — R.J. Slawson and Bruce Ellington.

"I think we clicked real well at the school with the players," Richardson said before going on to praise playing with a point guard like Ellington. "He's going to keep feeding you the ball even when you're not hitting."

Richardson is a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 48 shooting guard in the class.

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