There was nothing Malachi Richardson said he did not like about Villanova.
But when Richardson reached into the plastic bag his mother held on Friday afternoon in Trenton Catholic’s library, New Jersey’s best high school basketball player took out a blue-and-orange Syracuse hat.
The 6-foot-6 junior guard orally committed to the Orange over Villanova, Rutgers, Indiana, Connecticut and Arizona.
He is rated a five-star recruit by both ESPN and Rivals. The decision came down to Indiana and Syracuse, the school he visited just 10 days before his announcement.
“I just definitely know that I fit in their system,” said Richardson, who played AAU this summer for Philadelphia-based Team Final. “They’re definitely going to use me to the best of my ability.”
Richardson spent his freshman year at Trenton Catholic, transferred to Roselle Catholic last season before transferring back to TCA this summer.
“Everyone wants a Malachi,” said TCA coach Fred Falchi.