|Position:||Wing Guard/Small Forward|
|Hometown:||Mount Airy, NC|
Richard Joyce has signed with Wake Forest.
Less than a week after Dave Odom made a move to change schools, Richard Joyce has done the same thing. This past week, Joyce declared that he was planning on playing for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia next season. The transfer from Mount Airy Hgh School should allow Joyce to play much better competition next season.
Fortunately, the junior guard still plans on attending Wake Forest at this point in time. He has not closed off doors to other schools, but is currently verbally committed to WFU according to the Mount Airy News.
Richard Joyce and the Mt. Airy Bears were in action this week in the Northwest 1-A Conference Tournament. The Bears finished with a 12-0 conference record during the regular season, winning the conference, so they received a first round bye. With this bye, they faced East Surry in the next round. Unfortunately for Richard, East Surry upset Mt. Airy 52-51 with a shot in the last 4 seconds. Richard had 17 points but was actually ineffective on defense. I attended this game and saw that Richard could still use some work on his defense, but overall he played fairly well. He dunked twice and received a technical one time for pulling himself up on the rim. Does this sound like anyone else in the ACC - possibly Brendan Haywood. However, if Richard is still pulling up on the rim in two years, I will love it, as that means the Deacs are actually scoring. Anyway, through his efforts, he made the All-Conference team as well as winning Player of the Year for the Season.
Joyce has been playing really good basketball lately. He has stepped his game up, put his team on his back, and said "Hey, we are going to win." He is finally showing some positive leadership abilities on the floor. Recently he has scored over 20 points in a few games in a row. In one of those contests, he played Mt. Airy's conference rival, East Surry. I saw him play that night at East Surry. He hit four or five three-pointers in a row, scored 22 points, and pulled down around eight rebounds. He was, however, called for a technical foul for running his mouth to East Surry's fans. When he ran his mouth, he had just hit his yet another three-pointer. The final conclusion - he is playing really well right now, showing great confidence, and he is helping and leading Mt. Airy to a lot of tough wins.
During the York Oil/Neighbors Holiday Classic, Richard Joyce scored 24 against Surry Central in the first round. He followed that up by scoring 19 against North Surry in the Championship game which they won. Then, Mount Airy got back into conference action on Friday, January 6, against North Stokes. Joyce scored a team high 16 to help Mt. Airy to yet another victory. With the win, it ran Mt. Airy's winning streak to 10 games in a row. The next day Mt. Airy faced the #2 3-A team in Virginia, Cave Springs. This game was seen as a battle of two future ACC players. Cave Springs has, J.J. Redick, a junior guard who is already Duke-bound while Mt. Airy had Wake-bound Richard Joyce. J.J. led all scorers with 36 points and had 6 three-pointers. Richard had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Mt. Airy's first loss since their first two games. The score was 81-74. To put into perspective how good Cave Springs was, they have beaten Bishop McGuinness who just beat the number five team in the nation. They have also beaten a high-profile program in powerhouse Gonzaga. Looks to me like the ACC should be strong in years to come if these talents keep coming along.
The bottom line is that Joyce stepped up his game and played the way he needs to play in order to prepare him for ACC action.
Richard played better this past week against Surry Central. The junior hit nine field goals and was 3-3 from the line, scoring 21 points on the night. Joyce's improved play helped Mount Airy to a 104-75 win.
Richard Joyce started conference play in the Northwest 1-A this past week.
Richard's team, the Mt. Airy Bears, opened up against their conference
rivals, East Surry High School. This game was decided in the first half.
Richard saw limited time in this game, but still contributed 8 points. Also of note, he
received a technical for dunking the ball after a play was called dead.
His next conference game was against East Wilkes High School. Richard was held to 2 points in this game. Even though this game was a blowout, Richard still saw a considerable amount of playing time. His offensive output was held low due to East Wilkes' outstanding defense against him. He contributed by using that to his advantage and made passes to teammates that allowed them to score. Mt. Airy scored 92 with Richard only having 2 of those.
He ended up
the week against a non-conference team from VA. He contributed
10 pts in
this tight game. Mt. Airy won this game as well. Mt. Airy may
every game this past week, but Richard did not contribute a significant
amount to any of the wins. He has basically just not shown up for the games
and has left the weight on his teammate's shoulders.
Richard Joyce was in action on Friday night as his team, the Mt. Airy Bears, faced off against their county rival, North Surry. Since last year, Richard has added some strength to his game. He has bulked up over the summer
and is able to battle down low better. Even though Joyce fouled out in the second overtime, he tied the score at 60-60 at the end of the first overtime with a running 15-foot jumper at the buzzer. Mt. Airy won in the third overtime, 76-69. Joyce had 13 points while shooting 6-8 from the field with one three-pointer.
Clint Jackson of HighMajorHoops was kind enough to pass on a picture of Richard Joyce. Look for this guy around - he seems to be at most every football and basketball game.
Dave Telep of Rivals100Hoops reports that 6'5" swingman Richard Joyce, one of the top few juniors in North Carolina, has verbally committed to Wake Forest. Joyce is easily a top-100 prospect in the high school class of 2002.