Roriyon Richardson is one of the best two-sport players from the Houston, Texas area in the Class of 2023.
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Richardson, who will attend Summer Creek, is a dynamic athlete that plays football as a wide receiver for and basketball as a swingman for Texas Footwork.
No matter the opponent or sport, every game Richardson is determined to give it his all.
Richardson is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Richardson steps between the lines.
“My mindset in football is to do what I have to do to get open, catch the ball, make good blocks and score. My mindset in basketball is to score and play good defense,” Richardson said. “I want the opponent to have to grind for everything they get while I’m out there.”
Richardson has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood or gridiron. Richardson tells why he enjoys playing sports so much.
“The thing I enjoy the most is doing what I love with my teammates and winning with buddies from all the hard work we do,” Richardson said. “There’s nothing that compares to being in the locker room after a big-time win.”
Richardson has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing sports has taught me so much about life in general,” Richardson said. “Most importantly I’ve learned that you have to work for what you want and nothing is given to you.”
Richardson recalls his favorite sports memory.
“Playing a playoff game with Little League. It was my favorite because it was a close game that was very competitive and two of our defensive linemen scored to win the game,” Richarson said. “That was a game that I’m definitely never going to forget.”
Anthony Stephens is Richardson’s coach at Bball Nation Ballerz.
Stephens explains the best parts of Richardon’s game on the hardwood.
“Ro plays the shooting guard/small forward position. Pound for pound he is our best athlete on the team,” Stephens said. “The techniques I like about his position are the following: 1. He’s our best finisher in transition and in our half court sets. 2. He’s very aggressive defensively.”
Richardson takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Richardson makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by remaining positive on and off the field and court and continuing to encourage everyone,” Richardson said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to never give up and don’t quit. Play through each play hard.”
Stephens adds that Richardson is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He demonstrates leadership by demonstrating courage and being very vocal. At practice, He finishes first in every conditioning drill,” Stephens said. “He pushes everyone in practice physically and mentally.”
Richardson is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person on and off the field and court,” Richardson said. “I have learned to always be coachable, listen, pay attention, execute, be smart and strong. The best advice I’ve gotten from my coaches is to fix my body language and stop letting my screw ups show in my performance.”
Stephens is an advocate of Ricardson’s capabilities.
“One example of big plays or game he had for us, Roriyon came off the bench to score 18 points in a championship game,” Stephens said. “We wouldn’t have the success we do without his contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Richardson is developing a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Richardson is growing into excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He uses his basketball IQ to make the right basketball plays. He is aggressive and puts himself in the right spots on the court,” Stephens said. “He recognizes the defense and will make the right choices.”
Richardson is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Ro has a great work ethic. He’s always willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Stephens said. “This demonstrates a positive example for his peers to follow.”
Stephens explains why he compares Richardson to these players.
“The pro player I compare him to is Rodney Hood. The college player I compare him is Stacy Augmon,” Stepens said. “Ro probably doesn’t know who’s Stacey Augmon. He’s a great defender, left handed, and can finish in transition.”
Richardson patterns his mentality on the football field after these stars.
“Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and Andre Johnson because they demonstrate great work ethic on the field and I watch their workouts and I try to mimic them as well,” Richardson said.
Richardson is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals are to stay focused, remain humble and always keep a good attitude towards others,” Richardson said. “Be respectful to everyone. Play hard at all times while on the court and the field.”
Richardson explains his collegiate aspirations.
“Alabama, LSU, Ohio State University and most of all University of Texas,” Richardson said. “These are great teams great programs and I believe I will be a great asset at one of them.”
Richardson lists woodshop as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject is woodshop because it gives me a chance to be creative with tools and engineer my own art,” Richardson said. “I love to use my hands and I am good with them.”
Stephens outlines the areas of improvement that will take Richardson to the next level on the hardwood.
“The areas of improvement that I’m working on him with would be the following: 1. Ball-handling 2. Free-throw Shooting 3. Moving without the ball,” Stephens said. “He can get better at these skills just by playing and working on his game daily.”
Stephens believes the sky is the limit as long as Richardson continues to stay hungry.
“Ro’s potential to be a college football or basketball player is totally up to him,” Stephens said. “He has the athleticism, toughness, and heart to play at the next level.”
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