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October 30, 2013

Amber Richardson thrilled to stay home for college

Southeast Raleigh High junior wing Amber Richardson knew she wanted to stay close to home and give her verbal commitment to NC State last Wednesday.

Richardson attended a Wolfpack women's basketball hoops event, and before she could tell first-year coach Wes Moore the good news, her secret essentially leaked out.

"My dad kind of spilled the beans to Coach Moore," said Richardson, 16. "I was able to do it in person at their scrimmage event.

"I really like textiles that you can do as a major and I also like the coaching staff. They are also in the ACC. It's close by and I've been able to go on a lot of visits and see how NC State is. It's a plus that I'm near home and close to my family and brother."

Richardson joins Buford (Ga.) High junior combo guard Camille Anderson as NC State verbal commitments in the class of 2015. Bret McCormick of All-Star Girls Report ranks the 5-11 Richardson the No. 89 overall player in the nation in her class.

"I like to get to the basket and I can also shoot the three," Richardson said. "I'm very aggressive on defense. I can play shooting guard or small forward.

"It's exciting to be ranked. I go to camps to try and be ranked a little higher."

Richardson said she received offers from NC State and Appalachian State, and interest from FSU, Auburn, Georgetown and Elon. She was recruited by NCSU assistant coaches Gene Hill and Nikki West.

"The program is up and coming and they want to be a fast-paced team and pressure defense, which I like to play," Richardson said. "I'm just happy about my decision and I'm ready to come in and play and work hard."

NC State made its presence felt following the July evaluation period. Richardson took an unofficial visit to the school last August, and previously attended NC State home women's basketball games against North Carolina and Wake Forest last year.

Richardson plans on attending the North Carolina at NC State football game this Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.

"I think it's going to be totally different with the new coaching staff," Richardson said. "It's going to be great to get up and down and score more points and win more."

Richardson, who moved to Garner, N.C., from Connecticut six years ago, alluded to being near her brother. Larry Richardson Jr. started for Garner High and is a freshman shooting guard at nearby Shaw University this season.

Richardson played last offseason with the Carolina All-Stars AAU team, which her father Larry Richardson Sr. is an assistant coach.

"July was fun but at the same time kind of overwhelming with a lot of games in a short period of time, with a lot of traveling," Richardson said. "I never really noticed the NC State coaches until the fall season [workouts]."

Richardson and Anderson could be another foundation class for Moore, and Richardson knows one AAU teammate who could be a good player to recruit.

"I know my teammate is ranked, Mone' Jones [of Durham (N.C.) Riverside]," said Richardson on recruiting her friend, who is ranked No. 20 in the country in the class of 2015.

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