Richardson’s name surfaces for Kentucky assistant positionby Javier Morales on May. 17, 2010, under Sports
Consider it a sign of flattery: Kentucky coach John Calipari is not only giving potential UA recruits a look, he is now reportedly targeting Sean Miller’s lead recruiting assistant to fill a vacancy on his staff.
Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported this afternoon that Richardson is one of three assistant coaches Calipari is looking at to replace Rod Strickland, who was moved to an administrative position at Kentucky after he was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this year.
The others mentioned in Bozich’s blog are Oregon assistant Kenny Payne, who insiders believe will get the position, and Jerrance Howard of Illinois.
This would be the third school interested in hiring Richardson since the end of the season. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin reportedly gauged Richardson’s interest, while Rutgers coach Mike Rice reportedly offered Richardson an associate head coaching position with the Scarlet Knights.
Richardson, a three-year member of Miller’s staffs at Xavier and Arizona, is coveted because of his background in New York City as a former director of the AAU Gauchos program. Lamont “MoMo” Jones and Kevin Parrom are two New York products on the UA roster.
Miller also lured high-profile recruits into taking official visits at Arizona, such as Doron Lamb of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy and Josh Selby of Baltimore Lake Clifton, because of Richardson’s connections. Lamb signed with Kentucky and Selby is headed to Kansas.
Calipari recently received a verbal commitment from Miami-Dade Junior College forward Eloy Vargas, who showed a strong interest in Arizona as recently as three weeks ago. Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice High School forward Kadeem Jack, who at one point listed listed Arizona as one of his favorites, is now being wooed by Kentucky and North Carolina.