Kerry Richardson to represent Morehouse at the HBCU All-Star Game
Photo by Miles Johnson
By: Miles Johnson, Managing Editor
After being ruled ineligible earlier this season for the Maroon Tigers, Kerry Richardson fought through adversity and the outside noise and is now an HBCU All-Star. Richardson will represent Morehouse in Houston, TX for the second annual HBCU All-Star game which is being held on Texas Southern University’s campus at H&PE Arena. The game will be nationally televised on CBS at 3 pm CT.
Richardson talked about how he felt when he got that call that he would be an HBCU All-Star.
“I was excited because last year I was watching the game on TV, watching one of my former teammates Noah Morgan,” Richardson said. “It made me feel good seeing him on TV and he told me about it when he came back and all the love he was getting. When I got that got I was so happy and couldn’t wait to be a part of it.”
Richardson took a major leap this season compared to last year. The senior forward increased his point average from nine to 16, and his rebounds from five to seven. As the team leader in points, he was a major reason as to why the Maroon Tigers were able to turn their season around and go 11-1 under interim head coach, Harold Clay, to clinch the number 1 seed.
“It means a lot to represent Morehouse,” Richardson said. “I’m from the Atlanta area so it holds extra weight to represent and put on for my people.”
Travis Williams, the CEO and founder of HBCU All Stars LLC, is the visionary behind this game. The goal of this game is to exposure for the top HBCU talent across the country on the national level. There will be multiple NBA scouts in attendance throughout the week the HBCU All-Stars have been in Houston, they have been awarded networking opportunities.
“You’re going to see high level talent and competition,” Williams said. “We have some of the most talented players across the board that don’t get the nationally publicity but they are going to show the world how great they are. The players understand the magnitude of this moment when all eyes are on them.”
Sylvester Turner, the current mayor of Houston, explained how important this event is to highlight the best in black college basketball during the same weekend as the final four.
“This is important, and quite frankly, it makes this weekend complete,” Turner said. “To have the HBCU All-Star game right here in the city of Houston really completes the circle.”
Congratulations to Kerry Richardson, and the rest of the HBCU All-Stars for making history again and show how great HBCUs are.