June 23, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team added a second recruit this off season with the announced signing of Rashaun Richardson, a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman center, who is transferring to Logan from Ball State University.

Richardson played his high school ball at Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis, and in his senior season in 2014, helped his team post a 27-2 overall record, including a 4A state championship and top-10 national ranking.

A defensive specialist, Richardson averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 61 percent from the floor. He played behind Kentucky signee and Indiana Mr. Basketball, Trey Lyles.

According to the Ball State University men’s basketball Web page, the now 20-year-old Richardson grew nine inches from his freshman year to the end of his high school career. He spent this past season practicing with, but not appearing in games for Ball State. He maintains four years of college eligibility.

“We’re excited about signing Rashaun. He’s going to bring added depth to the post position,” said Vols fourth-year head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “He has incredible athleticism and length, which translates well to our level of play. And has a good skill set.”

Smithpeters said Richardson has the ability to handle the ball some, which will allow him to play some on the perimeter facing the basket, and is a very good shot blocker.

“I think he will also develop his game as a scorer as he gets playing time,” Smithpeters said. “Anytime you get that Division I experience, it should only help him. And I know he’s going to help us, considering what all we are losing in the paint.”

Logan graduated 6-foot-8 twin towers, Russell Woods (University of Missouri) and Jordan Martin (Missouri State).

Smithpeters said he is hopeful that Richardson will make an immediate impact with the Vols.

“I would like to think he would come in motivated. By going the JUCO route, it gives him a chance to play right away and build his stock. The fact that he is a good kid and team-oriented player should make the transition easier for him.”

Richardson joins incoming freshman point guard Armon Benford from Chicago Simeon High School as the first two off-season recruits signed by the Vols. Other signings are in the works.

“We’re taking our time with the recruiting process, because we want character kids. We not just looking for talent; we’re looking for talent that will buy into our coaching philosophy here at Logan. I’d like to think that our coaching staff has done a pretty good job of finding the right kids so far.”

Richardson plans to major in communications.

 

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