For the first time since 2012, the Syracuse Orange will have a representative in the McDonald’s All-America game after 2015 commit Malachi Richardson was revealed as a member of the West Team in this year’s event. Richardson, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Trenton Catholic Academy, is the first SU player since Dajuan Coleman earned a nod three years ago.
Richardson has been lighting up the New Jersey high school basketball scene this season, averaging 19.6 points per game and recently going off for 34 points against Rancocas Valley. The silky smooth perimeter player has been torching opponents from deep, and will give the Orange an added weapon from the perimeter as soon as he steps on the campus next year. Over his last three games, Richardson has buried 14 three pointers.
Richardson has only been held to single digits in the scoring column once this season, in a January 13 game against Pennsauken in which he was limited to eight points primarily due to the fact that it was a blowout win for Trenton, as Richardson’s team rolled to a 61-38 victory.
Prior to Richardson earning this nod, the last McDonald’s All-Americans other than Coleman were Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in 2011, Fab Melo in 2010, Jonny Flynn and Donte Greene in 2007, Eric Devendorf in 2005, and Carmelo Anthony in 2002. Carmelo was the first McDonald’s All-American in a decade, as both Michael Lloyd and John Wallace played in the 1992 game.
Richardson might not be the only Syracuse player to participate in this year’s McDonald’s game, either, by the time it’s all said and done. Thomas Bryant, the 6-foot-10 upstate New York product who plays at Huntington Prep and is still deciding among suitors that include Syracuse and Kentucky, was selected to play on the East team.