The Middle Tennessee men’s basketball program and head coach Kermit Davis added Wesleyan Christian Academy point guard JaQuel Richmond to the 2014-15 recruiting class as announced Wednesday morning.
In in his four-year career at Wesleyan Christian Academy (Greensboro, N.C.), Richmond led the Trojans to two state championship titles in 2013 and 2014. As a junior, he helped Wesleyan to the NCISA Class3A crown, scoring a team-leading 18 points in the championship game against Greensboro Day Academy.
The 6-foot-1 guard is three-star ranked recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com. MaxPreps.com ranked him second in the state of North Carolina and 85th in the nation. He was also recruited by Houston, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida State and Creighton.
Richmond missed six weeks of his senior season due to a hamstring injury. Upon his return to the court, he averaged nine points per game.
“We’re really excited about having JaQuel join our program,” said MTSU coach Kermit Davis. “JaQuel signed with Houston in November during the early signing period. Obviously, (new MTSU and former Houston assistant coach) Ronnie Hamilton on our staff recruited JaQuel to Houston.
“As it happens in a lot of cases during coaching changes, JaQuel requested his release. He and his parents visited this past weekend and had a great visit. They obviously trust Ronnie (Hamilton) a lot in the process and he signed with Middle Tennessee. JaQuel is a guy who has won two state championships and played at a really high level in high school.
He’s a very athletic point guard, about 6-1 and 180 pounds. He’s extremely fast with the ball, ultra-competitive and we think he’ll really fit in with our style of play.”