Ichabod Crane’s star big man Brett Richards ‘22 has put the Colonial Council on notice this season. Richards led the Riders boy’s basketball team to a strong finish on an overall successful year.
Ichabod finished the season on Saturday with a win against Ravena 54-29, to improve their overall record to 7-3. Richard’s final season averages are 17.5 PPG and 15 REB. An incredible mark for the junior.
Richards season-high came against Catholic Central High School where he had an efficient 36 point game.
After finishing up a good season, it comes with some disappointment that they won’t be able to compete in a playoff. The Colonial Council decided not to have a tournament this season due to COVID-19.
Last season, Richards averaged 13 PPG and 9 REB while shooting 58% from the field. He went on last summer to improve an already great shooting percentage with his AAU basketball team Adirondack Wild 17U and shot 66% from the field. “It’s about shot selection. Knowing when to take shots and if those are the best shots to take,” said Richards.
Richards currently ranks as the #13 PF in NY in Prep Hoops NY 2022 rankings. His high efficiency, advanced footwork in the paint and on the drive, rebounding ability, while being able to shoot the free throw at a high percentage allowed Richards to have great success in his junior season campaign.
The Ichabod Crane boy basketball team will look to have an even better season next year as they return a lot of players that played a key role in their success this season. Richards along with teammates Alex Schmidt Nate Garafalo (both guards) will look to lead this team to what they anticipate to be a deep sectional run.
Richards now has three years of varsity basketball experience and credits some of his recent success to the competition he’s faced inside the Colonial Council including former Schalmont forward Shane O’Dell. “O’Dell had 43 points on me last year, and that kind of stung a little bit,” said Richards.
Being able to go up against athletes like O’Dell and former Watervliet big man Messiah Mallory has helped Richards get a grasp on where he wanted to improve his game and take it to the next level.
Rebounding and deafening have always been something Richards has taken pride in. “I have that mindset that even if I’m not getting it done on offense I can help my team defensively grabbing rebounds.”
However, this season Richards had something he wanted to incorporate more into his style of play. “This season I really just developed the mindset of being a scorer.” While Richards PPG jumped more than four points this year, his rebounds jumped six.
On top of Richards wanting to make a playoff run next year, he mentioned an individual goal that will turn some heads for sure. “I want to get to 20 PTS 15 REB a game.” It’s no doubt this sets the bar high, but Richards has the confidence in himself to get it done.
If you asked the 6’4” big man what his senior year would look like 2 years ago, he would probably be telling you from the point guard perspective. Richards hit what he called “a random growth spurt” in the summer of his freshman year. Being a big man is still something fairly new to Richards, but so far he has been a star in that role.
Richards is strongly considering playing at the next level, but it letting his recruitment process play out. Richards and the Adirondack Wild AAU basketball team look to have another big summer competing in some of the biggest tournaments amateur basketball has to offer.
Look for Richards and the Ichabod Crane Riders to be serious threats in the Colonial Council next season.