URI Transfer To Play Basketball At ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Akeem Richmond, a 6-foot-1 guard who played the past two seasons at the University of Rhode Island, will transfer to East Carolina University announced head men’s basketball coach Jeff Lebo following the receipt of his financial aid agreement as a full scholarship beneficiary. He must sit out the 2011-12 season in compliance with NCAA rules regarding transfer student-athletes but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

A native of Sanford, N.C., Richmond graduated from Southern Lee High School as the second-leading scorer in the history of North Carolina high school basketball with 2,846 points. He led the state in scoring as sophomore, junior and senior and was twice named Cape Fear Valley Conference Player-of-the-Year.

“We are extremely excited to have Akeem coming back to the state of North Carolina,” Lebo said. “He had a storied high school career and is a proven college player. We are delighted to have him become a Pirate.”

Richmond started 26 games last season as a sophomore, averaging 9.3 points per game and leading the Rams in 3-point field goals made with 75. Richmond ranked third in the Atlantic 10 with 2.2 3-pointers per game made. He scored doubles figures in 14 games, including a career-high 25 points against Lafayette and 20 versus Charlotte.

As a freshman in 2009-10, he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team and became just third freshman in league history to sink more than 80 3-pointers in a season (81). Richmond completed his initial season ranked fourth nationally among all freshman in 3-point field goals made, while averaging 8.7 points in 36 games. He was named A-10 Rookie-of-the-Week twice.

Richmond, whose father Eric was a member of the Pirate football program under Ed Emory, is the fifth player to commit to ECU for the 2011-12 season joining junior college transfers Shamarr Bowden and Maurice Kemp along with prep signees Paris Roberts-Campbell and Paul Stone.


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  • by t on May 6, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Why would day waste money on a school he sees no value in? That doesn't seem very smart. This guys is out there. His last commet I think proves his point invaid from here on out. A genius would have been able to identify this and find a way to get to another school rather than waste is moey on an bad education. Not the schools fault you didn't live up to your potential. It starts in the mirror.
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      by Greg on May 6, 2011 at 08:10 PM in reply to t
      Learn proper grammar and spelling before you try to degrade somebody else.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Dave pulls for schools that didn't want him. Wish I would just pick a winner in every sport and pull for them because they are popular. That is why CUSA RPI ranked 8 this year out of 32. You have no facts to back anything up. I have a fact. You went to a school that you didn't want to go and thought you were getting a usless education. But being the smart guy he is he decided to continue you in this "worthless" education instead of transfering to another school. Doesn't sound very smart to me for a self proclaimed genius.
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      by Dave on May 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to
      Why would I pay OUT OF STATE TUITION FOR? Some of you ENC people are still stuck inside 4 walls.
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        by Sam on May 9, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Dave
        That's what schools like Appalachian State and Western Carolina are for, for you to get out of Greenville, and it's still IN STATE. Again you assume I brag about something when I intend to prove points like that guy on jeopardy but yet you always try to brag about your two PA schools that you are almighty high on. Once again I see hypocrisy coming from none other than your northern self. YOU are the one stuck inside 4 walls bot anyone else.
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        by Bud on May 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to Dave
        Dave, you're not so dumb to be ignorant of all the other colleges/universities in North Carolina are you? And didn't you move to Greenville JUST TO ATTEND ECU? I'm sure it's not the only college offering an English degree. Go back to Pennsuckvania where people like you belong. Pennsylvania - forcing certain "offenders" to relocate (like Dave) but allowing criminals (Vick, Rapistberger) to still play quarterback.
  • by Dave Location: Gold's on May 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    WOW playing basketball for ECU!! I bet that is a life long dream for a lot of kids. HA HA HA! LIke I always say, you cannot spell cream puffs without the letters C, U, S, and A.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    This will be one heck of an asset to the pirates. Big steal from N.C. State! Dave, if you come up here, I'll first say this. Learn the difference between bragging and making a point before you assume someone brags about what they have done and are still doing. I'll just wait for you to rant trash about ECU since that's all you do with you miserable life.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Yeah and Duke took a Liberty transfer this past year. Turns out to be Seth Curry. You know nothing about basketball. This is a very good player to get. Please tell me how this kid is a thug? What has this kid or done to be labeled that?
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      by Anonymous on May 6, 2011 at 07:09 AM in reply to
      Who labelled the kid a thug?
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on May 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM
    Anonymous you should go join Bin Laden in you know where, because you don't know any thing. ECU is a great school.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    Well, if you aren't smart enough to attend a good school, then ECU is the choice for you.
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      by Pirateman on May 6, 2011 at 02:17 AM in reply to
      The average Chapel Hill grad I know peaked at graduation. At the age of 50 they are still telling people they graduated from "Carolina" because they haven't accomplished much since. Like I said, they peaked at graduation. There are a few who inherited from Diddy who think they are somebody. I'll compare resumes anytime you want to scrap Big Boy!
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        by Anonymous on May 6, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Pirateman
        Yeah, and none of them have enough money to join the Rams Club or buy season tickets in ONE sport, much less two- football and basketball!
  • by MWL Location: G-ville on May 5, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    You know it's sad for ECU to be this happy to get a transfer from Rhode Island. Pitiful!!!
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      by Pirateman on May 6, 2011 at 02:13 AM in reply to MWL
      Yeah, well Carolina can't keep a player past there sophomore year. So good luck. Duke and others will continue to whoop your butts because you only recruit wannabe thugs who after having there way with your girlfriends and daughters in Chapel Hill (which y'all are tickled to have happen) then they go pro and act real classy with 300 gold chains, big hats and "tricked out" cars. HaHahahahahahahaha
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