Signature performances often carry a storybook feel to them when it comes to high school sports. 2010 James Island Charter SG Rashaad Richardson had his two seasons ago as a sophomore. Battling AAAA Beaufort High Richardson saw his squad get behind in a pretty big way. Helping rally his team they fought tooth and nail to claw their way back into it late. The 6'3 175 pound shooting guard saved his best for the last second heroics. Mind you that he was just a sophomore at the time but Richardson nailed a last second three pointer at the buzzer to give his squad the come from behind victory after trailing by double digits.
A year later Richardson was back at it once again displaying his skill set during his junior season. We caught up with Rashaad to talk about not only his junior season but also the state of his recruitment currently as well.
In terms of recruiting a number of schools have been showing Richardson interest thus far. He shared that list with us, "I hear from Auburn, Florida, Clemson, South Carolina, SC State, VCU, Winthrop, and some others."
Richardson says he talks with assistants from most of the schools above and says some have mentioned possibly offering him a scholarship in the near future. Asked to name a leader at this juncture in his recruitment Richardson replied, "Clemson is my leader right now if I had to pick one school."
As for this past season Rashaad filled us in with his statistics. "I averaged 18 points, 5 or 6 rebounds per game, 3 assists, and a little over 1 steal per game too."
This offseason he will run with the South Carolina Ravens on the AAU circuit where he'll team with the likes of PG Eric Smith and SG/SF Damarcus Harrison. In regards to his own game the James Island Charter prospect says he'll work extensively on his ballhandling in an effort to become better at taking his opponents off the dribble. While the ultimate goal is working on becoming a better defender and just a better all around player in general as well.
One area that Richardson says he feels is one of his strong points is his length. Standing 6'3 with long arms he's able to read the passing lanes and make plays. He's also able to help tremendously on the boards due to that length as well.
During his career so far he's faced off against some pretty high level competition and he named his two toughest on the high school level and AAU ranks. "For high school I'd say the toughest person I've faced would have to be Phillip Jenkins from Goose Creek High School. He's one of those guys who has a don't stop motor. You can't take a play or possession off when guarding him because he'd find a way to beat you. He's good at creating off the dribble too."
"For AAU I'd have to say Jarrell Eddie out of North Carolina was a tough matchup for me. We're about the same height but he's bigger in terms of muscle. I played against him at a tournament at Georgia Tech."
Richardson is pretty open-minded in regards to what he's looking for in a potential college program. "Really I just want to make sure that I'm seeing eye to eye with the coaching staff. It doesn't matter how far away I am as long as I'm playing basketball and winning some games."
Fun Facts With...Rashaad Richardson
Favorite player: Kobe Bryant
Favorite thing to do when not playing basketball? I'm real laid back. I try to catch up on my studying usually. I'm not a big video games type of guy. I chill at the house or clean up.
Favorite food: My aunt's macaroni and cheese
Favorite subject in school: Chemistry
Dream Date: Meagan Good