Duke, Cuse Stand Out For Jaquel Richmond

Richmond is speedy and smart with the ball in his hands

by Harrison Sanford & Jeremy Bauman January 10, 2012 11:58am ET
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Recently, Five-Star Basketball caught up with one of the top point guards in the country in the class 2014, 5'10" Wesleyan Christian Academy sophomore JaQuel Richmond.

Quick as a jet, Richmond is also a highly reliable decision maker with the basketball in his hands and is capable of blowing by his man to get into the paint to create for others or score for himself with ease.

During the summer, Richmond played for a talented 16U CP3 All-Stars squad

Though it's early in the process, Richmond already has legitimate high-major interest in abundance.  

"Syracuse, Duke, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Alabama," are all interested in the sophomore lead guard so far. 

Within that list, there are a few schools that jump off the page in Richmond's mind. 

"Duke. Growing up I was a Duke fan, so I always liked watching Duke," explained Richmond. "I just like Coach K - the way he coaches and how hard he is on his players."

Richmond also spoke about the Orange.

"Syracuse, too. Coach Boeheim is the same way [as Coach K]," stated Richmond. "Basically, I just want a coach who is going to be on you."

While a commitment isn't imminent, working on his game and improving as much as possible is. 

"I'm just working on my game every day," he said. "Right now I'm working on my jump shot a lot because that's a weak point for me, so I work on it every day in workouts."

One of the drills that Richmond has incorporated into his workouts is the Celtic drill - he has to make 20 shots without missing more than three. If he does miss three, he begins the drill from the top again.

According to Richmond, the Celtics all-time great shooter Ray Allen uses this drill to enhance his accuracy. 


Harrison Sanford is a reporter for Fivestarbasketball.com. Follow him on Twitter: @HarrisonSanford

Jeremy Bauman is a reporter for Fivestarbasketball.com. Follow him on Twitter: @JBauman13

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