|Richardson, no doubt planning something amazing.|
Prior to his time at Drake, Richardson also served as the recruiting coordinator at Evansville. In his four years there, he had three players he recruited make the All-Conference Freshman team. In a 2009 interview with College Insider, Richardson said he advocated up-tempo offense, aggressive, man-to-man defense, and relentless effort on the glass. He also said that he believes recruiting is the life-blood of a program and that he'll "get up the earliest, stay up the latest, and work the hardest" to land the right players. Richardson is noted to have a handle on Chicago and the surrounding regions as a recruiter, which may help X with the likes of highly-rated combo guard Kendrick Nunn and others from that area.
Someone with sources at Drake reported that Richardson is well-liked over there for his basketball acumen as well as his general decency as a person. He is also a family man who likes having his son alongside him whenever possible. Hopefully his boy can spark up a little romance with one of the Mack girls and keep Kareem and Coach Mack in town for a couple of extra years.
From the looks of things, Xavier landed a great young coach who is an excellent fit with the program. He is committed to the things that Xavier stands for - he has never had a player go academically ineligible, for instance - and seems to be a hard worker with a good basketball philosophy. I think Richardson is eventually going to go on and be a head coach somewhere, but his tenure at Xavier should be profitable for both the school and himself.
Also, he made it to the Final Four of a "Best Dressed Coaches" competition in 2009. That's the kind of talent we like to see coming in.