#16 Prospect from the class of 2015 Malachi Richardson has committed to Syracuse over Indiana, Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida and Uconn. Richardson is 6-5 wing from Trenton.
While cuse rarely lands top 5 one and done calibur players, they are doing a phenominal job signing 4/5 star players just outside of the top tier and developing them over 3/4 seasons. I question why Richardson would choose Cuse and having to compete for playing time with Cooney, Gbinije, Ron Paterson, Kaleb Joseph, BJ Johnson. I don't expect any of these players to be early entry candidates although they all have potential to be very good college players and pro prospects.
He will only have to compete for playing time with Cooney and Gbinije during his freshamn year. They will both be seniors during the 2015-16 season.
Unless they transfer, Patterson and Johnson will be Juniors and will be good players.
I've seen this kid play a few times and I wasn't impressed. He's billed as a shooter but looked more streaky than pure. He had some really bad misses for a guy billed as a pure shooter. He's got good size for a wing, but he's old for his class, isn't all that dynamic with the ball in his hands, didn't look comfortable shooting on the move and he's not a standout athlete either.
What am I missing here? Why is he ranked so high?
I haven't seen much of him yet, but as a Cuse student/lifelong fan, I've never seen a player miss shots as badly as Cooney did last year, and he's proving himself to be one of the best shooters in the entire country this year.
Andy Rautins was the same way as well. He didn't really become a consistent shooter until late in his career and all of a sudden he was one of the best shooters you'd find.
Anyways, I'll have to keep an eye out more for Malachi. I'd imagine he was impressed by what he saw at the Cuse-Indiana game (he was in attendance there).
I've seen this kid play many of time since we live in the same area of New Jersey... He's 6'6 and really smooth with his shooting and ball handling reminds me a lot of Jeremy Lamb, that smooth scorer who can pull up and drain shots from the perimeter. Not a very good defender, he can definitley fill out his body and improve to a much better wingdefender. But this is a very nice pick up for Syracuse. Don't think he'll leave anytime soon so he should be a good 3/4 year player for syracuse who can fully make his impact probably sophmore year.
This could end up being a great recruiting class for Syracuse. Now have Malachi and Tyler Lydon (who is somewhere around the 75-80 ranked recruit for that year, but I think he could end up being a real sleeper, very skilled kid shooter and passer, and he supposedly might hit close to 7 feet when he finishes growing), and will likely land Thomas Bryant and or Mustapha Diagne too.