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Villanova Recruiting: Wildcats miss out on Malachi Richardson

You win this one Jimmy.

Look at him. So stoic and majestic.
Look at him. So stoic and majestic.
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In a move that wasn't that surprising to Wildcat fans, 2015 guard Malachi Richardson didn't chose Villanova as his destination for collegiate basketball. Richardson chose Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange on Friday afternoon from the library at his high school with his family by his side.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Five-star wing Malachi Richardson (<a href="https://twitter.com/TheLifeOfMali23">@TheLifeOfMali23</a>) has verbally committed to Syracuse.</p>&mdash; Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) <a href="https://twitter.com/dougherty_jesse/statuses/411579254250680320">December 13, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Richardson, a Hamilton, NJ native by way of Trenton Catholic, recently narrowed his list of colleges to six schools. Villanova, Syracuse, Rutgers, Arizona, Indiana and Connecticut were his final choices. Richardson's last college visit was to Syracuse in late November which likely caused his acceptance of the offer.

The 6-foot-6, 190 pounder is currently ranked No. 12 on ESPN's 2015 Top 60, the No. 16 prospect by the 247Composite and marked at No. 17 for Scout's list. He will add depth and a shooting touch plus elite athleticism when he gets to upstate New York.

Richardson joins 6-foot-9 Tyler Lydon in Boeheim's strong 2015 recruiting class for Syracuse.