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Tuesday / May 26.
  • 2021 guard Korey Richardson recaps recent visits, breaks down recruitment

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Korey Richardson, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Lower Richland (SC), told ZAGSBLOG Saturday that Murray State, Auburn, NC State and Virginia Tech have been in contact the most. He broke down each school:

    Murray State: “I talked to them earlier today. They really like my playing style. Coach [Shane] Nichols said I remind him of Ja Morant. They’re keeping in touch with me. They like my play style.”

    Auburn: “I talk to Auburn everyday. I like the facilities. I’m going there really soon. I’ve been keeping in contact with coach [Ira] Bowman. I talk to him almost everyday. I’m one of their top priorities right now.”

    NC State: “I like them. I need to get up there. I’m going to get up there sometime after the Coronavirus is over, but they’ve been keeping in contact with me since I fit in with their playing style. I feel like I would be a good fit for their program.”

    Virginia Tech: “I love Virginia Tech. I talk to them everyday. That’s probably my next visit. Coach [Chester] Frazier, he tells me everyday to stay on top of everything because I may have to sign early, depending on this situation. We’re getting into the gritty, gritty now. I like their play style really well. It’s a shooting school.

    Richardson released a Top 11 to Instagram on Tuesday which also included Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, Iowa State, Providence and the College of Charleston.

    Richardson is yet to take his official visits. His most recent unofficial visits came last month to Georgia (Feb. 12) and South Carolina (Feb. 15).

    “I went to the Georgia game when they played against South Carolina,” Richardson said. “I liked their playing style. They were fast, fast paced.”

    “They played great defense,” he said. “I like their program. I talk to coach [John] Linehan everyday. In fact, he called me earlier this morning.”

    Richardson also broke down his South Carolina visit:

    “It made me feel like home,” he said. “It was like five minutes from my house. The in-state schools are showing some real love for me. Coach Frank Martin has been keeping in contact with me recently.”

    Richardson says his recruitment is “still open” but plans on cutting his list down to five at some point. He broke down what he’s looking for in a school when deciding where to commit:

    “I’m looking for somewhere that makes me feel like I’m at home,” Richardson said. I want a feeling that I can adapt to the culture real quick.”

    According to 247Sports, Richardson is ranked as the No. 116 overall player in the Class of 2021 and the No. 11 ranked combo guard.

    “I’m a facilitator, getting my teammates involved,” Richardson said. “When my teammates get going, I get going. I like playing defense, that’s my main focus right now. I’m a facilitator.”

    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Richardson has been practicing from home, specifically focusing on making his jump shot consistent.

    “I have a goal in my front yard,” Richardson said. “My dad and I work out everyday. Then, I go to my uncle’s house every other day to workout. He has a full court. I’ll do yoga to stay in shape. I’ll also run around two miles everyday.”

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