The son of a former UCLA and NBA guard, another standout from Philadelphia, and a guard from Denmark will added to the Niagara University basketball team, coach Chris Casey announced Tuesday.
Julian Richardson, a 6-foot-3 backcourt start from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., is the son of the former UCLA and NBA backcourt standout Pooh Richardson. Julian averaged 20 points a game in helping El Camino Real to a 25-7 overall record, a 10-0 league mark en route to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Los Angeles City Championship and a berth in the CIF State playoffs.
Richardson had offers from Villanova, Fresno State, San Francisco, Long Beach and Minnesota heading into his senior season.
“Julian played on very successful high school and AAU programs and was a major contributor,” Casey said. “He put up very efficient offensive numbers with his shooting prowess, and we expect him to do the same at Niagara. He has high basketball IQ and is very adept at passing the ball and involving his teammates.”
James Suber is a 6-6, 210 pound forward from Philadelphia Electrical & Technology. He averaged 11.5 points as a senior. He was a third team Daily News All-City selection and helped his team to the city and state public school playoffs. Going back as far as the Taps Gallagher Era at Niagara, Philadelphia has been fertile recruiting area for Niagara. Former coach Joe Mihalich found several standouts there and Casey, a Penn graduate, has recruiting connections there.
Anders Skou Hansen is a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Broendby, Denmark. He represented Denmark in the Eurobasket Under-18 Tournament in 2012 and in the Under-18 B Division in 2011.