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Syracuse basketball preseason player profiles: Kadary Richmond

Kadary Richmond, AKA Kooks, is a huge fan of Brooklyn native and former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony.

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Today we continue along with our Syracuse Orange men’s basketball player profiles with incoming freshman guard Kadary Richmond. Previous previews include Joe Girard and his backcourt mate Buddy Boeheim.

Richmond has already made quite an impression on the coaching staff. From the time Syracuse players returned to campus in July and through preseason practices, Richmond has competed well with his new team and proved himself to the coaches.

“I think Kadary Richmond has shown, in practice, that he’s more than capable of helping us,” Jim Boeheim says.

Boeheim said that he only saw Richmond play once in high school and when he did, Richmond was playing forward. Before the program was put on pause, Boeheim said that Richmond is a point guard and he’s going to play point even when he’s in with Girard.

“He’s good with the ball. He’s a really good penetrator. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes for a freshman. He’s a better jump-shooter I think than people thought,” Boeheim added. “He’s a good finisher in the lane. He makes good decisions. He’s a good defensively. He’s good. He’s a good player. He’s going to play. I mean even if he doesn’t play great, he’s going to play. He’s the first guy in the backcourt off the bench.”

Position: Guard/Forward

Class: Freshman

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 180 lbs.

Background: Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. Richmond played basketball at South Shore High School in Brooklyn before finishing at Brewster Academy. He earned 2019 New York City Public School Player of the Year honors in 2019. At Brewster, he helped his team to a 34-3 record and was named to First Team All-NEPSAC.

Strengths/Weaknesses: Richmond has a standout ability when handling the ball. His ability to score off the dribble forces defenders to play him back because at anytime the young prospect can explode to the paint or get to his two foot jumper.

Kooks will have to work on his shot to be a threat anywhere on the court. Once he can do this I see his minutes shooting up. Adding a consistent 3 ball will be the most important focus for the Brooklyn native.

Ceiling: Richmond has always been a just above average defender, but if he can improve his lateral quickness and overall defensive I.Q on that end he can become a specialist in the 2-3 zone. If Boeheim is right about the young man, we can see him the NBA really soon.

Floor: The 6-foot-5 guard improves marginally throughout the season and is only able to provide spot minutes of relief for the starters. Still, he plays 6-10 minutes of action and gives Girard and Boeheim a blow as backup point guard.