A couple of years ago Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell dipped into the talent pool in metro Columbia and signed guard Clyde Trapp who has proven to be an effective player for the Tigers. Brownell is looking to strike again in USC’s backdoor by being the first to offer 2021 6-4 Korey Richardson of LR. Richardson has not been flooded with offers yet, and he said he really didn’t see the one coming from Clemson.
“They started following me in February and I went up there for a visit when they played Boston College. And I played in an AAU game and after the game my coach told me they made me an offer,” Richardson said. “I was surprised, excited when I got it I really didn’t think Clemson was really talking to me and would come this fast after me.”
Getting an ACC level offer is big for Richardson and he hopes that will lead to others. Regardless, he said the Clemson opportunity would be a good fit for him.
“I feel like I can fit in good with their team,” Richardson said. “One of my close friends goes there right now, Clyde Trapp. I like the coaching staff, too.”
Richardson had good numbers as a sophomore averaging 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He played very well in December’s Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia and that’s when scouts began to take notice. He said USC, Michigan State, Iowa State, Ohio State, Providence and Georgia State are some of the other schools to contact him. He visited USC twice last season for games and he said the Gamecocks also scouted him in his recent AAU outing.
Richardson said he does not have any visits planned at this point and doesn’t have a favorite.