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Drake assistant men’s basketball coach recognized among best in nation

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Kareem Richardson

Drake University men’s assistant basketball coach Kareem Richardson has been recognized by the Chicago City/Suburban Hoops Report as one of the “Super Six” assistant basketball coaches in the country who have a pulse in recruiting in the state of Illinois.  “¨”¨

The City/Suburban Hoops Report annual look, compiled by Joe Henricksen, is a list of assistant coaches whose names are most often mentioned by the players, their families and both the high school and AAU coaches in Illinois. These coaches have earned a reputation in the city, suburbs and around the state of Illinois as they target prospects. By working behind the scenes, these coaches bring a whole lot more to the role of assistant coach than just recruiting.ӬӬ

Richardson, in his third year as an assistant coach at Drake, helped head coach Mark Phelps nab a pair of talented prospects out of Illinois — Champaign Centennial’s Rayvonte Rice and Springfield Lanphier’s Karl Madison.

In addition, Richardson helped land David Smith of Lake Forest Academy, who will be a redshirt freshman this coming season. He is targeting a number of top talents in Illinois in the Class of 2012 and a few of these students have already visited campus.

The Bulldogs’ last two recruiting classes have been recognized as the best in the Missouri Valley Conference.”¨”¨ The article recognized Richardson’s background as a player and coach, stating the following:”¨”¨ “A graduate of both Rantoul High School in Illinois and Evansville, Richardson, who was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic selection as a player at Evansville, has thrived in player development and is regarded as having a bright basketball mind and an ability to teach the game. “¨”¨

“While experienced and extremely polished as an assistant, Richardson has certainly made his presence felt recruiting the state of Illinois over the past two seasons at Drake. He has a very bright future in the business and will certainly be a high-major assistant sooner than later. Previously, Richardson had a three-year stint at Indiana State, spent a season at Wright State and four years at Evansville.”