Malachi Richardson Intends to Stay in NBA Draft

Syracuse freshman Malachi Richardson has informed NBA teams he intends to stay in the NBA Draft, according to a report.

The momentum continued to be towards Malachi Richardson remaining in the NBA Draft. Now that seems all but official for the Syracuse freshman according to a report from ESPN's Chad Ford. 

"Both Malachi Richardson and Cheick Diallo told teams in interviews today that they've decided to stay in the draft," Ford Tweeted on Friday. 

The news is not much of a surprise, as Richardson's draft stock had continued to rise in recent weeks. He had the longest wingspan of any wing prospects at the NBA combine, and teams seem to be more and more enamored with his upside. 

Previously, Richardson said if he received a first round guarantee, he would leave for the professional ranks. It is unclear whether he has since received that guarantee. 

One thing is clear, however. Syracuse basketball in the 2016-17 season will not include Malachi Richardson. 


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