Sept. 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Anthony Richardson, who averaged 18.0 and nine rebounds as a senior at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C., in 2001, has been granted full initial eligibility to play basketball at Florida State University beginning this season the NCAA announced today. An appeal to grant him full initial eligibility was filed on his behalf with the NCAA earlier this month and the positive answer was delivered to Seminole administrators this afternoon.
The Sporting News rated Richardson, who earned McDonald’s All-America honors as a senior, as the 28th best prospect and No. 4 nationally among small forwards. He becomes the first McDonald’s All-American to play at Florida State during the Steve Robinson era and the sixth in school history. He was rated as the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina by recruiting guru Bob Gibbons as a senior. He was an All-America third team selection by Parade Magazine following his senior season and a high honorable mention All-America selection by High Major Hoops as one of the nation’s top high school players.
“I am excited that the NCAA has ruled in Anthony’s favor,” said head coach Steve Robinson. “A lot of credit has to go to Anthony and the people around him for their continuous support and encouragement. The effort by (assistant coach) Coleman Crawford and the entire university community helped make this happen. This positive decision shows that our faith and belief in Anthony has been justified. The credit though, has to go to Anthony who never gave up and continued to work towards the goals he had set for himself.”
Richardson was enrolled at Florida State as a partial qualifier and began taking classes in August. Diagnosed as learning disabled while in high school, he was able to repeat high school course work over the summer, improving enough for the university to appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Because of his overall improvement, he was able to achieve the proper test scores and grade point average and be a full qualifier under the criteria for a learning disabled individual.
Florida State opens its schedule Nov. 16 at Florida and will play 13 games against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season including the national champion Blue Devils and national semifinalist Maryland. Duke, which defeated Arizona in the national championship game, opens the Seminoles’ January portion of their ACC schedule on Jan. 6 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida State opens its conference schedule on Dec. 16 at Wake Forest. The Seminoles travel to play Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 7.