2015 wing Malachi Richardson to announce on Friday

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Class of 2015 Trenton Catholic (N.J.) wing Malachi Richardson is ready to announce his college decision.

As first reported by Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com last week, Richardson confirmed his plans for a Friday announcement earlier this afternoon on Twitter.

“I will be making my college decision Friday at 2:30 at Trenton Catholic,” Richardson said on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 191 pound wing, rated the No. 16 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, is considering Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Syracuse, Rutgers and Villanova.

His most recent visit was an unofficial trip to Syracuse for the Orange’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Indiana on Dec. 3.

Richardson has taken two unofficial visits to Bloomington. The first was in late August and the second was for Hoosier Hysteria in early October.

In July’s EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, Richardson averaged 15.9 points over seven games and helped lead Team Final to the event’s semifinals.

  • http://www.babytown.com/ OceanArcher

    i couldn’t care less about experimenting either, but the wearing that shirt shows a more passion for MJ than mere curious teenage experimentation.

  • Bricklayer

    Give me a break.

  • ForeverIU

    ex’Cuse him. LOL.

  • Snookafly

    Maybe so, but I think it’s more about the color and style of the brand than anything else. I don’t know the kid, but that California skater/surfer type clothing is what all these guys are wearing now. I’ve seen Troy wearing similar outfits — although without any drug references. It does show an unawareness or carelessness I guess, but I think I’d rather see a naïve kid than a super slick business type.

  • ForeverIU

    Yep. This from the HUF website. Looks like commercialized counter-culture to me: “Made by skateboarders, for skateboarders, HUF represents not only a more refined and forward-thinking skateboard brand, but also any individual inspired by the vast array of countercultures that parallel skateboard mentality. Do not settle for the status quo. Go out and create your own future – do it yourself, do it in style.”

  • John

    Whats funny is that CUSE boards are equally pessimistic about getting him! Who knows? He visited IU twice. That seems like a good sign to me. As a CUSE fan, we thought getting Nerlens Noel two years ago was a lock….. newp. Who knows what motivates these kids outside having a stage to shine before the National Media… he could do that at either Syracuse or Indiana. Watch our heads explode as he picks Rutgers!!!

  • PDXHoosier

    That T shirt is dope

  • Kenneth234

    I can’t help but to think that there is far more upside to coming to Indiana than Syracuse. Plain and simple, if your a 6’6″ shooting guard (possibly still growing), you are likely going to play the 3 in college pretty much anywhere you attend college at. With that, it would be better to showcase your skills on a team with two lights out shooters in the back court, and a solid combo guard as a back up. Add in a possible true point guard if Yogi is still here, and a Junior Center (Luke Fischer), and likely a junk yard dog Power Forward (Devin Davis or Hanner Perea), or a highly skilled Power Forward in Jeremy Hollowell if still around. But honestly, I think that Yogi, Troy, and possibly Hollowell would have already moved on by that point any way.

    Yogi, in my opinion, after next season will have maximized his draft potential, and if the decision is between being a mid to late 1st round pick in the 2015 draft or the 2016 draft, the only sensible option would be to start a career one year earlier and get into a possible second contract one year earlier.

    Troy, simply has all the athleticism that a team can ask for, and by the end of his Sophomore season, he will certainly have improved on some of the sloppier aspects of his game at that point. To stay, would be merely because he wants to dominate the collegiate ranks and the downside would be pushing off a year of earning solid money just like Yogi.

    Hollowell, certainly a more controversial view, but at 6’8″, and a third season of settling into a position that would allow him to contribute in various ways and another season of development he can certainly be in the situation in which he can get into the draft somewhere. He is certainly not going to be a lottery pick, and a 1st round pick is also not likely, but its also not a stretch if he performs well his Junior season.

    But I would also suspect that Etherington could be in the situation like Mo Creek. He will likely have finished his degree, and would have the option of going elsewhere without having to sit to work on a post graduate degree. But that is assuming that he doesn’t leave after this season to find more playing time.

    To sum it all up, and very likely that the 2015 recruiting class could be as big as 4 or 5 players, despite currently not looking like we are going to have a single available scholarship open right now, and there will be a lot of time available for a top rated recruit or opportunity to start for the right player(s).

  • Rie

    I was wearing a Super Mario Bros shirt yesterday… I don’t do mushrooms.

  • VAHoosier

    We’ll have as much room as we need for 2015 signings. We always do.

    And I agree with you that Yogi is probably a 3-year player at IU.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why?

  • Outoftheloop

    It’s a T shirt! Not a Facebook photo.

  • Outoftheloop

    Absurd!

  • cdog

    I saw Zimmerman go against Cliff Alexander a week or so ago here in Chicago and Cliff manhandled him like he was a 5th grader. His teammate, Chase Jetter, is much better. Zimmerman will go to school out West someplace. IU is not in his final schools. I would love Bragg, but he is OSU’s to lose at this point.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes I did, at the end of Victor’s Sophomore year! He had the great talent and Coach said that he was a 365 day kid 100′s of times. I thought it during his first game at Assembly Hall as a Freshman, when IU almost lost (I think that it was an exhibition game) and Victor single-handedly showed the rest of the team that he would not allow them to lose that game! Your serve Jack.

  • Outoftheloop

    “Could”…”wouldn’t surprise me”…”even”. I did not “rule anything out”. Quantum Physics says that every possibility has some probability associated with it’s occurring. All of these statements are just my opinion based on the evidence to date. Of course they do not predict the future. But I do feel that IU will need a Big in 2015.

  • esapata

    I think being from Trenton has a bigger influence on him picking ‘Cuse. It’s just closer to home. ‘Nova too. I’d love to get him though.

  • mk

    how do you know?

  • Ya, mon.

    Nice post, John. It’s always interesting to hear from another camp, especially in such a well fashioned manner.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks. But how come the Cuse boards are pessimistic? The “experts” on Crystal Ball have him overwhelmingly going to Cuse.

  • Rie

    Because no one really knows anything.

  • IUMIKE1

    I second Ya, mon’s comment. Always nice to hear from other camps when it’s done in a non-a$$hole way. Thanks !

    It’s almost to the point where nothing a highly recruited player does surprises me.

    I know Noel excelled playing for Calislimy but IMHO he would have developed a lot better under Jimmy B.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ole man you never cease to amaze me. Up voting Snookafly’s comment just below this.

    I up voted it as well. LOL

  • IUMIKE1

    L O L !!

  • IUMIKE1

    Years ago I can see where it would maybe be a concern but today’s kids are just as likely to wear it cause it’s popular or cause they like the colors or any number of reasons besides that they smoke it. Or they might wear it cause it does exactly what it is doing on here, make people talk about it. LOL

  • IUMIKE1

    You are correct about his first game in Assembly Hall. Not only did he take the shot and hit it, it was a 3 pointer at a time where he would go on to shoot like 20 some percent from behind the arc that year. I think he may have also gotten fouled while making that shot and knocked down the free throw as well. That may already be the start of Vic stories being added onto when told, LOL, but it seems like that ‘s what happened.

  • afnewell01

    I agree, Calipari can recruit the best talent and can coach. But if you are not good enough to play right away you might as well transfer. He has not shown that he can develop players and get them to the next level like a Crean or a Boeheim have seem to do.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks. Just voting my mind, heart, and history! LOL.

  • brendon

    Oh, at the Cuse game? maybe the fact that IU has fans that take their clothes off will help him decide, lol

  • MillaRed

    Reverend Billy Graham? Is that you!?

  • MillaRed

    I had a smiley face t-shirt in high school. I was happy 100% of the time.

  • ForeverIU

    Socratic wisdom. LOL.

  • kbb247

    That isn’t saying a whole lot. Lol. I don’t think that goof ball develops anybody. His strength is getting 1 year players to gel as a team. If this makes sense, they improve as a team, but he doesn’t improve them as individual players. M.O.

  • Snookafly

    I don’t. I would place a sizeable bet on the outcome though.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    One of the best things about this page is the courage and honesty of the post by the true and faithful that has been through the thick and thin of it all and still be able to be able to keep things into perspective. Not to mention to be on their game on the best sense of humor that we have day in and out. Even still have fun after a win/loss/injury/some decomt/etc but overall it’s fun to have such a great bunch of friends….THAT I’VE NEVER MEET to discuss my favorite subject besides Sex….we’ll that is now starting to be negotiable since I have 4 kido’s an I’m glad my wife is not over my shoulder as type…Sorry guys for the long post but it looks as if my biz loan is about to be approved so just a little excited.

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    Yogi will not be here four years. You can take that to the bank. If he continues as he is this year and makes another huge jump in his shooting ability.. He’s gone. Not sure why he would want to stay three more years. He’ll be a first rounder next year, maybe even a lottery pick.

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    But they (the Presidents), lol…did not inhale…

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    Go you think they also have more refined maryjane?

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    I’m with you on that. why wouldn’t he want to come to a school where good lookin’ chicks, disrobe in the stands when the team isn’t playing well? I mean that’s a no brainer… Course if he comes here, they’d probably be so good he’d never get to see that happen…

  • ForeverIU

    LOL. Don’t know, but they have a line of shirts and accessories called Plantlife (as in the herb), and another called Snowlife (as in the snowflake).

  • Snookafly

    Actually, we might have an outside shot at Bragg, but Zimmerman has shown 0-interest. He’s being courted by every team in the country and by all accounts loves the West coast.

  • hmeckert

    I saw this awhile back. Shirts are shirts, but it is a completely different scenario when a kid travels across the country to visit and WANTS to make this impression. Complete arrogance. It’s a shame and I hope we DO NOT get him. If he was a “3 star” would you say the same?

  • TomJameson

    I agree about the big, but I’m giving an up-arrow because you brought up quantum physics to explain the possibility of Yogi going to the NBA. lol great job!

  • Neil.

    What’s going on with 2015 C Stephen Zimmerman? He’s not shown as an IU target here, but other sites show he has an offer from IU. Is he still interested and does he in fact have an offer from IU?

  • Joe Pop

    You must not have seen the picture Ken

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    Oh, I saw the picture all right. But it was a side shot, and hey, she wasn’t fat…lol.. Besides any 19 or 20 yo chick, in a bra and panties, looks pretty good to these ‘old’ eyes…lol…

  • John Temple

    Well, it’s Saturday now & no announcement on the IU Bleacher Report page so he must have gone elsewhere?

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