Every year, talented players seem to fall through the cracks during the early signing period, and Akeem Richmond one of the top unsigned players in North Carolina is among them for the 2009 class.
"I was concentrating on the season, but now that we're out of the playoffs, I've been able to start making my visits."
Richmond is a pure scorer that averaged 32.5, 8 assists, 4 steals per game and shot 98 percent from the free throw line the past season. Akeem and has led the league for 4 consecutive years in scoring, and finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in North Carolina with 2,946 points, Jameson Curry holds the record with 3,307 points. Richmond knows why he's able to put so many points.
"I'm faster than everyone else out there, and I got a great jump shot," said Akeem. "I'm the best shooter in the state, and have a scorer's mentality."
He burst on the scene as an eighth grader when he averaged 30 points a game in middle school, and continued to impress though out high school. Earning 1st team all-state as a freshman and as a junior and 2nd team as a sophomore, and if he gets selected this year will be the first to do so in NC. He's also a 3-time Conference Player of the Year, and 2-time Region player of the year, which will be selected next week.
"I feel very blessed with the skills I've been given and thank god for everything that he's given me."
Richmond has around 15 offers and from schools such as Rhode Island, South Florida, Western Kentucky, East Carolina, UAB, and Charlotte, and added that many other schools have shown interest. He's made many unofficial visits and has just started to take his officials.
"I went to Rhode Island last week and that was pretty exciting, they treated me like a king. I have a couple other visits lined up and go to South Florida at the end of the month."
The prolific score has watched the Bulls play a lot this year, and says there just missing just a few pieces, including a scoring guard, but added that he's known Coach Heath for some time now.
"He's a great coach, and actually sent me a letter when he was at Arkansas. That was my very first college letter, isn't that crazy."
Akeem is trimming down his list of suitors, but doesn't want to name them at this time out of courtesy to the schools involved, but did say that the Bulls are among them, and is excited to take his visit to Tampa.
"Coach Heath asked today if we was coming for Business or just coming to hang out, and we told him we're coming for business!"
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Richmond's visit schedule
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