NY Native Signs With WAC School

Grady High School grad Jerome Richardson, who was named a first team NJCAA All-American this season, signed with Louisiana Tech of the Western Athletic Conference, the school announced on Wed. April 20th.

Jerome Richardson moved on to Frank Phillips College in Borger, Tex. following his prep career. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while leading Frank Phillips College to a 25-6 record and Western Junior College Conference title.

Richardson was named the 2004-05 Western JC Conference Player of the Year and was honored as a first team All-NJCAA Region V guard. He was named a 3rd team Preseason JC All-American by Street and Smith's Magazine and was ranked No. 14 in the Sporting News' list of Preseason Top 50 JC sophomores.

The Bulldogs, which aren't involved in the conference switches that will occur in July, also announced that juco forwards Chad McKenzie of Los Angeles City College and Harry Disy of North Idaho College had signed NLIs. This brings Coach Keith Richard's class of 2005 to six. In the fall, La. Tech signed guards Trey McDowell of San Jacinto College and Drew Washington of Clear Brook High School in Friendswood and forward Adrian Rogers from Mayde Creek High School in Houston.

Louisiana Tech finished the 2004-05 season with a 14-15, 9-9 WAC mark led by sophomore Paul Millsap who claimed his second straight NCAA rebounding title. He's the fifth NCAA player ever to win the rebounding title in two straight years and the first to do so in his freshman and sophomore campaigns. He averaged 12.4 boards this season and 12.5 as a frosh.

Pacific's Leroy Wright (1959 and '60), Ohio State's Jerry Lucas (1961 and '62), Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore (1970 and '71) and American's Kermit Washington (1972 and '73) previously won two straight individual NCAA rebounding titles, all four doing so as juniors and seniors.

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