6′-5″ wing Fred Richardson of Clear Brook (TX) reportedly turned heads over the weekend, playing for the Houston Defenders at the Real Deal in the Rock Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas. On Tuesday, he announced his verbal commitment to Oregon via his Twitter account, writing,”(I) just committed to the University of Oregon.”
Richardson is the second Texan in the 2012 recruiting class at Oregon, joining Yates (TX) wing Damyean Dotson. Richardson averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds per game this season, according to MaxPreps.
Noted Houston scouting service RCS Sports considered Richardson the No. 20 prospect in the area in their winter player rankings, in which Dotson was ranked No. 12.
Richardson joins Dotson, junior college guard Devon Branch, and Las Vegas-based prospects in guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter.
CourtCred.com checked out Richardson at the Spring IceBreaker, and wrote,”Richardson was one of the kids that a lot of the coaches flocked in to see. In a setting like this where everybody is out for self, it was tough to get a full evaluation on the wing. Richardson didn’t hold the ball when he caught it, he swung it around, moved without the ball. He relies heavy on his jump shot and he knows how to create space for himself. Made a couple of shots easier for himself using jabs and a couple of dribbles to get a foot in the paint.”