Xavier head coach Chris Mack picked up first his verbal commitment from the class of 2013 on Tuesday as 6-foot-6 small forward Kamall Richards announced his decision.
The news was first reported by SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria who had Richards in studio with him this morning. Richards, a native of Newark, New Jersey currently attends South Kent Prep (CT).
“I’ll be able to come in right away, be an impact player, and that’s what I need as a freshman to be able to make mistakes and not be penalized and really play through my mistakes and get better. So that sophomore year I can really be a main guy for the team,” Richards said following his decision.
The wing had been a valuable commodity for many mid-majors during his recruitment, reeling in a number of offers from east coast teams. After visiting the Xavier-campus a few weeks back though, Richards felt comfortable enough to make his decision in favor of the Musketeers.
While Richards is the team’s lone pledge for next season, the Musketeers will be welcoming some newcomers to the fold. Both Myles Davis and Jalen Reynolds, who were deemed ineligible this season will suit up the 2013-14 season, while Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook will also be eligible to play.
The Musketeers will likely take their fair share of hits this season as expectations are lower than they have been in recent memory. Xavier is however, fresh off a run to the Sweet 16 last spring and looking to move forward with a new crop of contributors.
Richards ran with the WE-R1 AAU squad during the offseason.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse