The Oregon men’s basketball program added an impressive athlete to its future backcourt Thursday, as shooting guard Will Richardson committed to play for the Ducks.
“I’m going to University of Oregon,” Richardson told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “The reason I picked Oregon is because I think it’s the best situation and a program that wins.”
According to 247Sports, Richardson is a 4-star prospect, and he ranks as the No. 47 overall player, No. 7 shooting guard and No. 3 player at his position from the state of Georgia in the 2018 class.
The Hinesville, Georgia, native stands 6’4″ and weighs 170 pounds, and he is among the biggest scoring threats at the 2 in the nation.
Due to Richardson’s skill set, big-time programs from across the country recruited him and made him scholarship offers.
Georgia, Arizona State, Auburn, Butler, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Xavier were among those in pursuit.
As seen in this video courtesy of FloHoops, Richardson is capable of running the floor, getting to the rim and finishing in traffic:
While getting to the basket is one of Richardson’s greatest assets, it is far from the only way he is able to beat the opposition offensively.
According to Daniels, Richardson said the following about what he can bring to the table from an offensive perspective: “I can knock down shots from all over the court…deep-range, mid-range, and I can attack the court and finish.”
Richardson is dangerous whenever he has the ball in his hands, and that is what made him such an intriguing prospect throughout the recruiting process.
He can stand to improve his playmaking ability as well as his defense, but Richardson is capable of lighting up the scoreboard when he gets in a rhythm.
His commitment also represents another big win for the Ducks in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
According to 247Sports, Oregon has now nabbed three 4-star recruits in Richardson, swingman Louis King and power forward Miles Norris.
“We have a great recruiting class this year and it’s only going to bet better,” Richardson told Daniels. “The coaching staff told me how they would get me better, prepare me for the next level and make an impact.”