2015 wing Malachi Richardson commits to Syracuse

  • 12/13/2013 2:32 pm in

Class of 2015 Trenton Catholic (N.J.) wing Malachi Richardson is headed to the ACC.

The 6-foot-6, 191-pound five-star prospect announced his decision to attend Syracuse at his school on Friday afternoon.

Richardson is rated the No. 16 player nationally in his class according to the 247Composite. He also considered Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Rutgers and Villanova.

Indiana recruited Richardson diligently for more than a year and offered him a scholarship last December. He visited Bloomington twice for unofficial visits including most recently for Hoosier Hysteria in early October.

Syracuse, however, picked up major momentum in recent months and most projections had him picking the Orange following his visit for their 69-52 win over Indiana on Dec. 3.

Connecticut was another school that recruited Richardson hard as the Huskies hosted him for their opening practice on Oct. 19.

Richardson played his first high school season at Trenton Catholic and then transferred to Roselle Catholic for his sophomore season. He’s now back at Trenton Catholic for his junior season.

As a sophomore, Richardson helped lead Roselle Catholic to the NJSIAA Non-Public B championship and the 2013 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title.

Richardson is the second commitment for Syracuse in the 2015 class, joining New Hampton prep forward Tyler Lydon, a four-star prospect.

(Photo credit: NJ.comSaed Hindash/Star-Ledger)

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  • Rie


  • inLinE6

    Good luck Malachi. A great kid. Could’ve been a great get for us, but this is still early and doesn’t hurt as much. We’ll be good next year anyways.

  • Indiana Conservative

    Another win over Indiana for Syracuse.Kind of makesup for that game in early 1987

  • Snookafly

    Banners are the ultimate bragging rights and nothing takes them away.

  • mk

    can’t get em all. Its so early. A lot will change between now and when the 2015 class steps on campus.

  • Semper IU

    No surprise here, Next.

  • nwin iu fan

    um, id rather have a banner than a kid in Syracuses neck of the woods.

  • Michael Whelan

    We have enough Guards, need some BIGS

  • colinbb10

    that’s cool. We need bigs in this class, not so much combo guard types

  • HoosierTrav

    Welp… I’m wrong again. I really hope Noah stays one more year. Next years team should be really good and we can build momentum in the other recruiting classes. I think we really only need 1 kid in this class.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Need a PG, these short scoring 2 guards take time to change shot first mentality …Blackmon Jr. and Yogi makes for a very small B1G backcourt ..The Hoosier’s lack of ball handling will never overcome pressure and tough zones.

  • kyle jenkins

    You are forgetting a couple 6’3 guards. Umm does Robert Johnson and Stanford Robinson ring a bell lol….?

  • Rie

    James Blackmon would make an excellent college two guard, and him with Yogi is not too small of a backcourt for B1G play. Remember the time Indiana won the B1G with two even smaller guards than we are talking about now? Who cares about a couple inches when the kid can shoot and move the ball very well. You are overlooking talent and skill because our overmatched roster this year could not handle the Cuse zone. If you add a healthy Stanford, Blackmon, and Johnson to the guard rotation with Yogi, then that ends the undersized guard myth. Both scouting reports on Blackmon and Johnson state that they can play the point, so I am not too sure we would have to worry about the “shot first mentality”; and furthermore, I think it would perfectly fine if that was the mentality Blackmon has. He is a lights out shooter. I would be more worried about next years big man rotation, should we lose Noah, not two inches on one of the best players in his recruiting class.

  • Hoosierfan88

    Was just about to post the same thing. Blackmon is 6’3″ or 6’4″ with a HUGE wingspan if I remember correctly. He is not a small guard.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    If they could handle the ball they would be on the floor….

  • Alford Bailey

    Yes, but no need to get upset over this one, IMO. Plenty of talent out there in 2015 and plenty of time.

  • Miamihoosier

    I really want Hyron Edwards in this class. Yogi would get to work with him for a year, and then we could have the most important position on the floor locked up for 3 more years. Think about it: If you are a top 15 point guard, you only stay in college 4 years nowadays if you are 6″0 or below. I’d rather have a guy of these two’s talent and skill running my squad as juniors and seniors than the alternative (either youth, or less talent but 6″3). Not to mention 7 straight seasons of Indiana boys running our team. Everyone loves to say we need bigs, and it would be nice to get one, but it really feels like these 6″6- 6″8 do everything type guys are taking over the college game….Crean seemed to have figured it out before anyone else in the Big Ten (Syracuse and Georetown as well as some others in the Big East have been doing it for a while)…I’d say keep stock piling these dudes…when the announcers talk every game about how much bigger we are than the other team, it’s not bc Peter Jurkin is out there. We aren’t going to be losing to Purdue anytime soon as long as we have Troy Williams guarding 6″3 Slow Joe Redbarn from Kokomo at the 2 guard slot.

  • kyle jenkins

    This last comment confirms you have no clue what you are talking about. #troll

  • SCHoosier

    Only if you believe the school PR people.

  • Steve Fischer

    “Yeah, those grapes probably weren’t very good anyway” said the fox. “Nah we didn’t need another point guard anyway” ( were we recruiting him by accident?) Lets’ face it we’re a good recruiting school but perhaps not an elite recruiter. We do have a great record of recruiting outstanding kids off an on the court and in that sense Indiana University is Elite. Yes I’m disappointed but there are sill a few good ones left in the 2015 class.

  • HoosierGrampy

    I’d like to see Either Elijah Thomas, Steve Zimmerman or Carlton Bragg in candy stripes and Jalen Coleman or Heron Edwards. A 2-man class of ballers!

  • Kelin Blab

    Did I miss something…Standford has been on the floor. Indiana faces ONE tough zone per year and this ONLY if they play cuse.

  • b_side

    Please define elite and then look back at the recruiting class rankings Crean has brought in since the days of Wat/Creek/Hulls. If it wasn’t top 5, we had Vic and Cody in the off years.

    This misconception always seems to resurface when we miss out on a Top 15 target. Given our depth at wing, it’s both a blessing (now) and a recruiting curse.

  • Hoosier heritage

    Just to name a couple examples: Louisville became national champions with two small guards-Russ Smith and Peyton Siva. Michigan State wins national championship with Mateen Cleeves and Charlie Bell at less than 6’3″. I don’t even think Cleeves ever dunked in a game. Height at the guard spot is nice, but not a needed formula for success.

  • Rie

    “sill a few good ones left in the 2015 class”

    9 of the top 60 (per espn) are committed, 3 of the top 25. Labeling us “not an elite recruiter” because we did not get Richardson is premature, and honestly, foolish.

  • N71

    ah…unless you’re Kentucky, get busted for major violations/lack of institutional control, and then have your 1 championship under those conditions erased from the record books.

  • N71

    I’ve seen Coleman play many times but never Edwards…what’s the skinny on Hyron? How would he compare to Yogi at the same age? Coleman is super clever and always seems to be in the right spot at the right time but he’s not nearly as fast or quick at Yogi.

  • If anybody honestly expected to get this kid you must be equally upset and shocked Iu got beat at Syracuse.

  • Snookafly

    Name one time the NCAA has stripped a basketball program of a national title. There are many cases of the NCAA finding out about blatant violations (including paid players) after the fact, but they don’t want to open that can of worms.

  • Hoosierfan88

    Yeah 6’4″ MAY be a stretch, but having seen him play a few times I would peg him at 6’3″. At the Lebron James Skills Academy 5 months ago, JBJ came in at 6’3.5″ 179 lbs with a 6’8″ wingspan