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The University of Virginia has extended an official scholarship offer to junior Brian Richardson , a 6-5 combo guard out of Greenfield School in Wilson, North Carolina. Richardson, who averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game as a sophomore, has received interest from the Cavaliers since late summer.
“Virginia has been in the mix for about three months. They have been very interested,” Richardson said. “They are on top of my list right now.”
UVa made a positive impression last month, when Richardson took an unofficial visit.
“I went there on October 18th and visited. I thought it was a good school,” said Richardson, who plans to return to Charlottesville for a UVa home basketball game this season. “I felt that it was a great environment. The atmosphere there was real great. I felt at home there.”
UVa is the only ACC program to offer at this stage, but it is not the only Division 1 program to offer.
“It is going good so far,” Richardson said of his recruitment. “I have scholarship offers from UNC-Wilmington, High Point, Appalachian state, George Washington, Richmond and others. And Virginia has offered. Those are the ones I’m mostly looking at now. Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina are other schools coming into the mix.”
Primarily a two-guard in high school, Richardson has above average ball-handling ability and is viewed more as a combo guard for the next level.
“I can handle the ball and I can shoot it. That is what most coaches on the next level like,” Richardson said. “In high school, I play a combo guard. When I get the rebound, usually coach wants me to push it up. I’m comfortable with the ball, but on the next level I think I might be more of a two.”
Although he turned in a productive sophomore season, Richardson says he made the biggest impression on college coaches with his AAU performances this summer. He was especially pleased with the development of his mid-range game and the toughness he showed, but the Tar Heel state star also recognizes a key area that needs to improve before he steps onto a college court.
“I’m about 6-5, 155 pounds, so I need to get stronger for the college level,” Richardson said. “I’m getting a lot stronger. I play stronger than I look. And I do have mental toughness.”
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