The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want to take a closer look at 6’1 James Richardson of Ayden-Grifton High School in Ayden, North Carolina, and is someone that we strongly feel is a college-worthy player.
One of Richardson’s assistant coaches at Ayden-Grifton spoke quite highly of the floor general, stating, “he’s a very athletic 6-foot-1 slashing point guard that is great in transition and can get to the basket at will. James rebounds really well for his position and is the second leading rebounder on our team. When going to the basket he can finish with contact, or simply by finishing above the rim. He is also a good on-ball defender and usually takes the task of guarding the opposing teams best wing player.”Currently this season, Richardson is posting nightly averages of 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds. 4.2 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 52% from the floor.
Our own Jamie Shaw has been fortunate enough to see Richardson on multiple occasions, including with his high school team. Last January, he stated, “Simply put, Richardson was a bucket. He got downhill where he was able to finish at the rim and showed great ability in transition. Richardson made plays on both ends, with aggressive quick hands and good vision, setting up his teammates. Richardson has no recruitment at the time, he is a good student and one who plays with the utmost confidence”He’s been able to maintain the precision in the qualities that make him special and separates him from other similar prospects. Richardson certainly has the ability to play at the next level, so it’ll be interesting to see what college programs start getting involved with the two-way guard.
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