A few weeks ago, The Vertical reported the Grizzles urged Malachi to shut down his workouts after promising a 1st-round selection. Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin was taken by Memphis, which came as a shock to most.
Baldwin, Caris LeVert and Malik Beasley were taken ahead of Richardson, which was somewhat of a surprise. Beasley and Richardson ranked side-by-side throughout the process, with Richardson higher on most boards, according to reports.
Richardson's draft stock began to rise after his epic Final Four run where he scored 23 points against Virginia to send the Orange to Houston. It was SU's second Final Four in four years. He averaged 13.4 points for the Orange during his only season playing for Jim Boeheim.
Richardson told the media roughly a month and a half ago he would stay in the draft if he received a 1st-round promise.
Malachi worked out for nines teams during the last two months.
During his ASM pro day in Las Vegas earlier this month, the 6-foot-6 guard/forward went 13-for-15 from 3-point range which solidified himself as an elite scorer in the 2016 draft class.
The knock on Malachi during the season was his inconsistency, which has been a focal point during his workouts. His ability to get the basket, score in transition and shoot from anywhere on the floor gives him an edge over many prospects in the class.
Richardson is described as an average athlete without great quickness or athleticism, but has a natural ability to score the basketball. He can create his own shot with ease, rebound and get his teammates involved.
His rookie deal will be at least 3 years in length and worth more than $3.7 million guaranteed.
The NBA draft is all about potential, which Richardson has a lot of.
CNY Central's Niko Tamurian went one-on-one with Richardson shortly after being drafted. Check that out in the video at the top of the page.