Richardson drafted by Miami Heat

Josh Richardson became the 46th Vol in school history to be taken in the NBA draft Thursday, going 40th overall to the Miami Heat.

It wasn't long after Josh Richardson's name flashed across the ESPN screen Thursday that Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley began to sing his praises. Shortly after the 2015 NBA draft concluded, Riley told a group of assembled media Richardson was a first round pick on the team's draft board, so it's no surprise he was perfectly content with snagging the former Vol guard in the second round as the 40th overall pick.

"We're just really excited to be able to get Josh Richardson, who we had in the first round, at 40," Riley said per the team's official Twitter account.

Richardson's selection marks Tennessee's 46th NBA draft pick in program history and fourth in five years. In his senior season with the Vols, Richardson led the team in scoring, assists, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, steals and minutes played en route to All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team honors. The 6-6, 200-pound Edmond, Oklahoma, native averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in a 16-16 campaign that saw Tennessee miss the postseason.

Richardson's solid senior season complemented a junior year in which he exploded onto the NCAA Tournament scene to average 19.3 points per game, helping lead the Vols on a Sweet Sixteen run that ended with a 73-71 loss to Michigan.

He became the first two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection in Tennessee history with back-to-back nods in 2014-15 and ended his career ranked third in games played (136), ninth in minutes played (3,802) and 10th in steals (147).

Along with Richardson's selection, a former Rick Barnes player at Texas was also taken in this year's draft. The Indiana Pacers picked Myles Turner with the 11th overall selection, giving Barnes his 14th player drafted in the first round and 17th in the past 17 seasons. The 6-foot-11, 240-pound center became the 24th player Rick Barnes has coached to be selected in the NBA draft.


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