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Drew Richards
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Drew Richards

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rogersville, Mo.

High School:
Rogersville High

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 250

Position:
Center

At Missouri State

Drew Richards has made steady improvement in all phases of his play and the numbers he's put up through the first three seasons of his Missouri State career. The senior co-captain comes off a solid summer workout session and goes into his final campaign ready to assert himself as one of the best big men in the Missouri Valley Conference. A full-time starter for the first time last year, Richards enters his last year with a load of confidence and is ready to give the Bears a strong and consistent presence in the middle. He and Deven Mitchell are likely to become the 30th and 31st Bears to play in 100 MSU career games early in the 2007-08 season. Richards has 92 career blocks entering the year and needs four to catch former teammate Tamarr Maclin for fourth on the all-time list.

2006-07

Richards was the Bears' starter throughout his junior campaign and wound up fifth on the ballclub in scoring, fourth in rebounding and first in blocked shots and field goal percentage. He had 10 double-digit scoring outings, with 17 vs. Drake (2/24), 16 at Bradley (1/2) and 15 in the Bears' NIT outing vs. San Diego State (3/14). He had a season best of nine rebounds on no fewer than five occasions and eight in two other games. Richards was a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line the first week in January in Bears' wins over Bradley and Wichita State. He was perfect from the field in five tries vs. Santa Clara (12/2) and in six tries vs. Indiana State (12/16), and was Coors Player of the Week for the week of the Indiana State game.

2005-06

Richards missed four games with an injury last season but otherwise doubled his minutes played and made significant gains in his point and rebound averages from his freshman season. Richards reached double-figure minutes in every game, topped 20 minutes 11 times and had a high of 26 minutes in the win at UNI. He scored in double figures twice with 10 at home vs. Indiana State and 10 at UNI. He grabbed five or more rebounds nine times, with a top outing of nine at UNI. Richards averaged six points and 4.5 rebounds in the Bears' last two games in the 2006 NIT.

2004-05

Richards was in all 32 games for the Bears as a freshman, had no starts and hit double-figure minutes 17 times. He had early point production, hitting 2-of-3 from the floor for four points in the season opener at Detroit. He had three buckets and seven points against Youngstown State at home, hit two of three while scoring nine points vs. UALR, followed that with 3-of-5 shooting his next two games and had his lone double figure effort with 10 against Troy and scored six against Miami. His top game after that was a 3-of-3, eight-point night vs. Rice in the NIT. Richards had five or more boards five times with a high of seven vs. Troy. He blocked two shots in both of the Bears' NIT games.

Background

Richards was a four-year starter for the Rogersville Wildcats of coach Rod Gorman for teams which were 19-11, 21-9, 27-3 and 26-2 for a four-year 93-25 log. The 2004 Wildcats went unbeaten to the COC title, won the Kickapoo and Blue and Gold meets and took second in the Bass Pro Tourney of Champs at Hammons when Richards was a senior. Richards had 16.9 points and 10.6 rebounds as a senior. He set a single-game point record of 38 and career marks for points, rebounds and shot blocks. Richards was on the T of C all-tourney team as a senior and he was a first team all-league, all-Ozarks and all-district pick with all-state honors. He was also named Missouri Mr. Show-Me Basketball as the state's top prep cager. As a junior, Richards won all-conference, all-district and all-state honors with 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds a game at RHS.

Personal

Drew Taylor Richards was born Feb. 15, 1986, in Springfield, Mo., the son of David and Donna Richards. His dad coached prep football in southwest Missouri and was a basketballer for the Bears when he was at MSU. Drew's major is public relations.

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