Jase Richardson, Son of Jason, Commits to Michigan State Over Alabama, Cincinnati

Jase Richardson, Son of Jason, Commits to Michigan State Over Alabama, Cincinnati

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Jase Richardson looks on during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 5, 2023 at the Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Two decades after Jason Richardson helped Michigan State men’s basketball win a national championship, his son Jase announced his commitment to the Spartans on ESPN2 Sunday night.

Richardson is ranked third among combo guards in the class of 2024, according to 247Sports.

The 6’3″, 180-pound guard chose Michigan State over Alabama and Cincinnati.

During his commitment announcement, Richardson said he first visited Michigan State as a seven-year-old during a 2000 championship team reunion.

“From the moment I stepped on campus for my official visit there was a real connection with the players and coaches,” Richardson said. “It felt like family.”

Richardson will next look to follow in the footsteps of his father into the NBA. Jason Richardson was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 5 pick of the 2001 NBA draft.

Jason Richardson then spent 13 seasons in the NBA with the Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers.

His son received 14 total offers from colleges, according to 247Sports’ Justin Thind. Richardson’s other options included USC, Virginia, San Diego State, Arkansas and Kansas.

After missing almost eight months of his high school career due to a knee injury that necessitated surgery in 2022, Richardson showed off his recovery at the Nike Peach Jam tournament in July, where he averaged 20.8 points per game.

Sunday’s commitment means that both Richardson and his father will have been coached by Tom Izzo, who has led the Spartans men’s basketball program since 1995.

“Coach Izzo is a genuine person,” Richardson said, per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Paul Biancardi. “He tells you what you need to hear. He keeps it real. We have built a connection and trust. More importantly, he told me if my dad did not play at Michigan State, he would still recruit me and want me. That meant a lot to me.”

Richardson described himself last winter to On3’s Jamie Shaw as a player striving to have the “handle and footwork” of Kyrie Irving and the “intensity and tenacity” or Russell Westbrook.

“I can score at all three levels,” Richardson said then. “Taking care of the ball is one of the most important things to me, but I’m an all-around playmaker.”

Richardson will spend the 2023-24 season at Columbus High School in Miami alongside his brother, Jaxon. He previously played for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.

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