There is no question that DeKalb’s Cole Richmond can be a really strong knockdown shooter. If he was nothing more than that, he would still land on this list of top players because he such a strong shooter. He could stand in a corner and wait for the ball to be rotated to him and still be effective in a significant way. Fortunately for Richmond and DeKalb, he has range to shine outside of that area as well. He is very efficient on the drive, up the middle and with a partially undersized NE8 in front of him, he shouldn’t have much push back scoring at the rim.
Richmond averaged 10 points per game and 2.5 assists during the 2018-19 season for a DeKalb team that was really trying to get their feet under them. Now, with many players back, the Barons are going to rely on Richmond to step up his game a little bit more moving forward.
During the summer, spent with GRBA National Champion Total Package Elite, Richmond was forced to change his game around more. He was more of a complimentary piece for TPE, but that is far from a bad thing. He played his role and shined when needed, especially adding an aggressiveness rebounding the basketball. This past summer certainly expanded Richmond’s game and now he is perhaps the most multi-threat player on DeKalb’s roster.
“Cole can shoot both off the pass and dribble and is becoming a really good defensive player,” says DeKalb coach Rod Cone.