Jase Richardson Q&A
Updated: Jun 11, 2022
Earlier in December, the annual Wild West Shootout in Reno, Nevada returned after a hiatus due to COVID-19 last year. A charity basketball tournament benefiting the Sierra Kids Foundation, 100% of the proceeds help provide educational scholarships to youth with developmental disabilities, specifically autism spectrum disorder.
This year, Bishop Gorman (NV) ran away with the championship defeating NorCal’s Jesuit HS (CA) by a final score of 78-30. The Gaels have a young core and talented backcourt that features Jase Richardson, the son of former NBA player and slam dunk champion Jason Richardson. The younger Richardson possesses a smooth feel for the game and mature scoring prowess as a sophomore. At the Wild West Shootout, the 6’4” combo guard showcased strong perimeter shooting and flashed comfortability as a playmaker.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Richardson talked about leadership as an underclassmen, the best 2K player on his team, the time Coach Tom Izzo was courtside at one of his AAU games, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2024 prospect Jase Richardson, from Las Vegas, Nevada:
Pro Insight: Obviously your father was a very successful NBA player, but talk a bit about your background. How did you get to where you are today?
Jase Richardson: Well, I've been around basketball my whole life, so it's kind of something that just comes normal to me and being able to play on a high stage with some of the best players, it's a dream come true.
PI: Anyone in your family not play basketball?
JR: Well, both my parents obviously played basketball and were basketball players and I got an older sister, she plays basketball and a younger brother who also plays basketball.
PI: You guys were at Border League in October and just won the Wild West Shootout…talk a bit about the season’s expectations and aspirations.
JR: Well, our main expectation is to win state because as of last year we didn't have a season, so we're all kind of anxious just to get out there and play games again and so the main thing is to compete for state, be one of the top teams and just get it done.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up?
JR: I was a soccer player. I tried to get involved in as many sports as possible, just to keep moving.
PI: For those that aren’t familiar with your game, what are your greatest strengths and play style?
JR: Well, I'd say I'm a good playmaker, great shooter. I love uptempo playing and I am just an all-around player.
PI: Who do you model your game after or study on film?
JR: Well, the main people I watch are probably Kobe, Russell Westbrook, [and] Kyrie. Just some of the top point guards and trying to learn from them, take things from their game.
PI: What do you feel you still need to improve on the most? What have you been working on?
JR: Right now, just trying to get as many shots up as possible 'cause for practice, sometimes we just go through plays, sometimes we just do a lot. So just try to get as many shots up as possible.
PI: Who’s the toughest player you have ever had to guard?
JR: One person that was really hard to guard for me was Caleb Foster from Oak Hill. He plays the game the right way and he's a great player going to Duke.
PI: What are your short term goals you have for yourself as a player?
JR: Short term goals… just make the team better. I'm trying to be the leader on this team, even though I'm one of the young guys on this team, but my goal is just to lead the team, make sure we're all in the right places and try to get to that championship.
PI: What are your biggest interests outside of basketball?
JR: I’d say music and video games.
PI: Who are your favorite music artists?
JR: Lil Baby is probably my favorite rapper right now and then also, probably Polo G. I also love some Polo G, too.
PI: When you say video games, you mean 2K?
JR: Yes, always. That's my go-to game, right there.
PI: Who’s your go-to team for 2K?
JR: Ohh, go-to team…ahh man I just play with whoever at this point, 'cause I just play random teams, trying to play with any team possible. But [my] main team, probably the Brooklyn Nets.