October 2, 2012

Richmond talks Wake offer

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik sat at half-court with JaQuel Richmond and his parents following a team-workout Saturday, Sept. 29 and offered a scholarship to the junior point guard from nearby Greensboro.

"I was mostly talking to the head coach [during the visit to Wake]," Richmond said. "He was talking about how he really wanted me to come there. He can see me playing beside Codi [Miller-McIntyre], and basically just really wanted me to be there. He sees me as a strong point guard over other point guards that are out there. He sees that I'm humble and that I'm a winner."

Richmond, who is rated as a three-star recruit and as the nation's No. 110 overall prospect, added he has a good connection with Bzdelik.

"They [my parents] liked it [Wake Forest]," Richmond said. "They liked the way he [Bzdelik] coached. They liked the chemistry between coach and I."

"Mostly they try to be a fast tempo team this year. Basically I'm a fast tempo player. I'm trying to see if we can combine it together if I decide to go there."

The 6-foot-1 and 170-pound 2014 recruit was impressed with how Bzdelik made sure his point guards had the ball in their hands and were ready for the next play during the workout he watched Saturday.

"Coming through college you got to be very strong. You can't let the coaches break you down, because once they break you down and see how soft you are then they realize you're not ready to play."

Richmond is good friends with Wake Forest commitment Greg McClinton, who used to play with him for the CP3 All-Stars. He also knows C.J. Harris, Madison Jones, Miller-McIntyre and Aaron Rountree.

"I could see myself playing with them," Richmond said.

He claims scholarship offers from Houston, NC State, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UNC-Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Richmond said he is hearing the most from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and NC State. He does not have a favorite.

The High Point (NC) Wesleyan point guard said coaches from Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina, including Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski came to Wesleyan Christian Academy last week. He added the Gamecocks like him and that they are recruiting him hard.

Richmond added he will probably begin to narrow his list of schools down Aug. 2013 after the next AAU season and when he has taken the ACT and SAT.

He will play for Team Loaded instead of CP3 next AAU season.

"I decided to play for them once Peach Jam came," Richmond said. "I just didn't leave the team at the time. During Peach Jam I talked with the Team Loaded coach, and I told them I was going to come play with them. He wanted me to come to Vegas with them, but I couldn't come. I just told him I'll just wait till next season to play with them, and he just said it was okay."

"A lot was going on at the time with me and Team CP3. Me and the coaches just weren't getting along."

He said Team Loaded is a better fit for him.
A strength of Richmond's is his ability to get into the lane and attack the, but everyone should be careful not to fall asleep on his ever-improving jump-shot.

"My freshman year I really couldn't shoot at all," Richmond said. "My sophomore year I was improving. Now, I would have to say my jump-shot is really up to par. I would mostly say I have improved a lot on my jump-shot, and being more of a leader on the court and knowing how to control the games."

"I would have to say just keep working on my free throws, because every now and then I'll make free throws, so being a point guard the free-throw percentage has got to be a little bit higher than what it is now."

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