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Jason Richardson out of Michigan State
College: Michigan State
Height: 6'-6"
Weight: 222
Class: Sophomore
Birth Date: January 20, 1981
Age: 39 years, 252 days old
HomeTown: Saginaw, MI
NBA Comparison: Jerry Stackhouse Notes on Jason Richardson
Leading the way in shooting guard prospects is Michigan State sophomore, Jason Richardson. He averaged 14.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season for Michigan State, helping them get to the Final Four. Comparisons have ranged from the aforementioned Stackhouse to Vince Carter. One thing is certain, the kid can score. He was mainly an onlooker his freshman season when State won the championship but contributed mightily in his sophomore season leading the Spartans in scoring. Richardson brings incredible athleticism and leaping ability to the table. He is considered the top shooting guard prospect and should easily go in the top ten maybe even the top five.
Strengths of Jason Richardson
When the ball is in Richardson's hands, special things happen. He has developed a very nice mid-range jumper and can get by just about anyone on his way to a rim-rattler. He demands much from himself and works as hard as anyone on his game and in the weight room.
Weaknesses of Jason Richardson
Performed poorly in the big dance, shooting 35% from the field in the NCAA Tournament and just 2-11 against Arizona in the Final Four. He really needs to add bulk to his frame and he has had a tendency to get lost in Tom Izzo's system (though he wouldn't be the first) which effected his scoring. He will need some time to develop.
Richardson on the Rockets?
Richardson doesn't really fill a need for the Rockets who have Mobley at his spot, but he would be tempting to any coach or GM looking for athleticism. He could slide to the small forward spot, but his main gig will be at shooting guard. Even if the Rockets wanted him, they'd need to move up from 13 to get him.