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Thursday, April 8, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's Garrett Richardson has received the prestigious honor of being selected to participate in the inaugural Black College All-Star Basketball Game that will be played Saturday, May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. Richardson's selection recognizes him as one of the top 20 senior players in the country from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who will be showcased in the contest. The game will be held at the new Gund Arena, home of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Richardson concluded his four-year career with the Tigers this past season, playing his senior year for first-year head coach Cy Alexander. He ended his college career as the TSU career leader and Ohio Valley Conference's active leader in both assists and steals. A native of El Paso, Texas, the 6-3, 180-pound Richardson averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.3 steals in his Tiger career. He ended his career with 1,399 points. "I am very happy for Garrett and he is certainly deserving of being selected to the Black College All-Star Game," said Alexander. "He is a multi-dimensional player who is capable of playing a number of positions. He has the intellect and ability to play at another level. For us, he was the team leader and will be a big part of the foundation for the future successes of our program." The Black College All-Star game is the first-ever All-Star game in history to be played in a NBA Arena, which showcases student-athletes from HBCU's. The game will be a part of a weeklong celebration of educational, multicultural and entertainment activities. A celebrity basketball game featuring male/female professional athletes and nationally renowned entertainers will be held immediately preceding the All-Star game. The Ohio Classic Organization is presenting the Black College All-Start Game. Actresses Vivica Fox and Kym Whitley are the honorary co-chairpersons. Richardson graduated in December and is enrolled in graduate school at TSU. He will depart Tuesday, April 27 to begin practice sessions for the game. It was announced Thursday (April 8) morning that Richardson will be a member of the West Team. The team will be coached by Benedict College's Fred Watson and Mississippi Valley State's Lafayette Stribling.