JaQuel Richmond: A Greensboro Basketball Phenomenon

by Terry Watson | May 10th, 2012
JaQuel Richmond

JaQuel Richmond (Photos by Charles Media Photography)

At the young age of 17, JaQuel Richmond is a gifted and talented basketball player. His skill set is remarkable and has caught the attention of several big names schools across the nation including UNC-Charlotte, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Georgetown, and Tennessee, all of which has offered him scholarships. Additionally he has received serious interest from Duke, Syracuse, UCLA and Kansas.

Richmond is a point guard that plays for NBA superstar guard, Chris Paul and his CP3 All Stars AAU Team. He has been handling that orange sphere since the tender age of four. Yet he says there is still so much for him to accomplish on and off the basketball court. He is the type of guard that can break any defender down and get to the basket at will. “I have developed a three point shot just in case my defender is backing up, I’m pulling up for the jump shot,” says Paul. “But if he’s playing me tight one move and I’m going to the hole”.

Richmond has received a double portion of basketball blessing from both of his parents. His mother Keisha Mail and father Bennie Richmond both played basketball for James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro. He also attended Dudley as a freshman, but later transferred to Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point where its basketball program is lead by Keith Gatlin (former University of Maryland guard). He now maintains a 3.500 GPA at Wesleyan and has manage the transition very well.

Richmond says his biggest goal is prepare himself to play basketball at the next level. His father says he allows him to be a “Gym Rat” but he requires JaQuel to hit his books first. As a member of CP3 he travels around the country to mentor other youth who are following in his footsteps. His travels generally consume any breaks that he has from school, including the summer.

He understands that success requires a lot of hard work. The death of his uncle Kenyon Mial in 2009, he says was the biggest challenged he’s had to face. “He was my number one fan. When I lost him, it was like a part of me left. It took months for me to get myself together. I knew I needed to regroup because that’s not what he would have wanted,” he says.

His parents and younger sisters are his biggest inspiration. Looking at their faces when I’m playing on the court as they cheer inspires me to work hard on and off the court and in the classroom,” he says. “I always tell them they are going to retire real early”. He also says seeing some of his friends who are either in college playing or on their way to college, makes him strive harder. “Chris Paul has impacted my life a lot because he plays the point guard position. Learning directly from him makes me feel like I can’t go wrong. He teaches me the ins and out about the game of basketball,” say Richmond.

With the dream to possibly play in the NBA one day, Richmond declares that nobody can stop him but myself. His plan is to finish strong in high school, excel in college, and play professionally. “One day I’m going to tell my kids how my dream came true. Life is what you make it and basketball is mine,” he says.

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