Ryan Richardson works out for Utah Jazz, describes Weber State’s raised profile

Wednesday , May 30, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The Utah Jazz continued their tradition of bringing in Utah college players for pre-draft workouts Tuesday, including Weber State product Ryan Richardson.

The workout was Richardson’s first with an NBA team after finishing his WSU career this spring. He joined Utah’s Sedrick Barefield and Tyler Rawson, Utah Valley’s Kenneth Ogbe and Westminster College’s Dayon Goodman in the workout.

“I played with a couple of these guys in pick-up runs throughout the summers,” Richardson told the media after his workout. “It was a good way to break in to NBA workouts.”

Richardson, a 6-foot-4 wing player from Chandler, Arizona, left Weber State having made the fifth-most 3-point field goals in school history at 235. He averaged 13.5 points per game as a senior and raised his 3-point percentage to 42.7.

He said NBA mainstays like Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum opened the doors for mid-major players to make it professionally, while other WSU alums — referring to players like Joel Bolomboy, Davion Berry and Scott Bamforth — have raised Weber State’s profile.

“When I was in high school and everyone found out I was going to Weber, they were like ‘What is that, a (Division II school)?’” Richardson said. “Now, it’s like ‘Oh, you went to Weber State … you’ve got guys going to the NBA, going overseas and making money.’ That’s what it’s about to people who don’t know about it. It’s definitely changed.”

Walt Perrin, who coordinates Jazz workouts as vice president of player personnel, admitted the players in the locally flavored Tuesday workout weren’t likely to immediately make the NBA but spoke highly of their talent.

“They all have a chance to play somewhere. Is it in the league next year? Probably not. Is it in the league in a couple years? Depends on their route, how well they progress in terms of skillset,” Perrin said. “But we wanted to show them some love and get them in for a workout.”

Richardson is not on NBA Draft radars, but his senior-year jump of lights-out shooting and tough defense set him up for a landing spot somewhere, which he credited in part to WSU coach Randy Rahe.

“Coach Rahe’s a great coach. If you buy in to what he tells you and go hard every day, every play, every possession, every second, he’ll get you to a place you’ll want to be. You’ll like the results.”

He described his pre-draft process as “low key” and said his agent has also been talking with the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics.

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