Syracuse has been one of the most successful college basketball programs over the past couple decades, and its future remains bright now that it has netted coveted small forward recruit Malachi Richardson, according to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com.
Per 247Sports.com, Richardson is a five-star prospect who ranks No. 16 overall and No. 1 in the state of New Jersey for the class of 2015.
This is an impressive commitment on Orange head coach Jim Boeheim's part, as Richardson is still only a junior. There is some risk involved in striking early, but Syracuse now boasts an advantage over much of its competition.
Richardson is listed at nearly 6'6" and 191 lbs. by 247Sports.com, so he still has some filling out to do, but his skill set will be a welcome addition to Boeheim's roster in two seasons.
It's often difficult to get a good read on how prospects will translate to the elite collegiate level, especially when they are only in their junior year, but Richardson offered an honest and accurate assessment of his game, according to Roger Kuznia of Sporting News, via Coast2CoastHoops.com.
“I would say I’m a shooter, but I adding different things like the handle and going off the dribble, working on defense and rebounding.”
Although he is more of a wing player than a point guard, it's hard not to think of Michael Carter-Williams when you look at Richardson. Carter-Williams is currently the front runner for NBA Rookie of the Year honors with the Philadelphia 76ers after a spectacular sophomore season at Syracuse last year.
If Boeheim can groom Richardson like he did MCW, Richardson has the potential to be a very special player.
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