"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.