2011-12 (Senior) Brandon Richardson was one of two Huskers to start all 30 games in 2011-12, as the senior guard averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. He led the Huskers and was third in the Big Ten in steals (1.80 per game) and tied for the team lead in assists while serving as one of the Huskers' top defenders. He also finished seventh in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio.
A three-year starter, Richardson finished his career ranked third in career free throw percentage (82.7 percent) and eighth in steals with 145. In the last five minutes of games during his career, Richardson was 86-of-92 from the foul line (93.4 percent), including 18-of-19 from the line in 2011-12. He was named the Jack Moore Award winner for team MVP following the season.
Richardson reached double figures eight times as a senior, including a career-high 25-point effort at Iowa on Jan. 26. In that effort, he was 9-of-10 shooting from the field, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range, while adding six rebounds and five assists to share Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors. It was one of five double-figure efforts in Big Ten play for the senior. He saw more action at the point guard spot as the season progressed, totaling 11 games with at least five assists, including a career-best eight assists in the win over Rhode Island on Nov. 20. Richardson's biggest impact was on the defensive end, as he averaged 2.0 steals per game in Big Ten play, including a career-best seven steals at Ohio State on Jan. 3. In that game, he also had 11 points, while his seven steals was one shy of the school record.
During non-conference action, he was in double figures three times, including 15 points in a win over Central Michigan on Dec. 20, and 12 points in a double-overtime win at USC on Nov. 14, when he hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
2011-12: Finished his career with three assists and two rebounds against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament...Had two steals and three assists in NU's loss at Minnesota...Led NU with six assists, but missed all three shots from the field against Iowa...Dished out five assists and had six points at No. 6 Michigan State...Led NU with six assists and had nine points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range...Totaled 12 points and dished out a game-high six assists in the win over Illinois...Led NU in assists (five) and rebounds (four) while adding six points in 35 minutes at Penn State...Had all seven points in the first half in Nebraska's loss to No. 22 Michigan...Totaled 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and had three steals in the loss to Minnesota...Dished out a team-high five assists, but went 2-of-7 shooting from the floor and finished with five points in an 84-74 loss to Northwestern...Enjoyed a career night in Nebraska's 79-73 win at Iowa, setting career highs in points (25) and 3-pointers (six), as he hit 9-of-10 shots from the field, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range...his six 3-pointers was the most by a Husker since Dec. of 2006...had six points in a 12-2 run late in the game which gave Nebraska the lead for good...also matched a season high with six rebounds and dished out five assists to earn Big Ten Co Player-of-the-Week honors...Led Nebraska with five assists and three steals, while also scoring nine points in the win over No. 11 Indiana...Reached double figures for the second straight game at Illinois, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and three steals...had eight of his 10 points in the first half, as Nebraska took a 25-22 lead to the locker room...Was one of the bright spots in the loss at Ohio State, finishing with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and a career-high seven steals, which is one steal shy of Nebraska's single-game school record...his seven steals is the most in a Big Ten game this season...Started at point guard and dished out six assists and added five points and five rebounds against No. 16 Michigan State...Had 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting & 3 assists vs. Central Michigan, as he reached double figures for the first time since Nov. 14...Dished out a career-high eight assists in an 83-63 win over Rhode Island...Had 12 points, including 4 3-pointers, in Nebraska's 2 OT win at USC, as he played in front of nearly 100 family members and friends in his hometown...hit a big 3-pointer with 2:21 left in the second overtime to give the Huskers a five-point lead...Opened the year with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals against South Dakota.
2010-11 (Junior) Richardson battled through nagging injuries to be a major contributor. He was considered one of the Huskers' best defenders and chipped in 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 31 contests while seeing time at both guard spots. Richardson was solid at the foul line, converting 83.3 percent, including 88.2 percent (45-of-51) in Big 12 play to rank second in the league. He was at his best in late-game situations, hitting 21-of-23 from the line in the final five minutes of action.
Richardson got off to a slow start because of an ankle injury suffered in the opening minutes of NU's preseason opener and averaged just 3.3 points in Nebraska's first five games. He saw significant action at point guard in a win over Hofstra when Lance Jeter got in foul trouble. Richardson dished out a career-high seven assists and added three steals. He broke out of a shooting slump against Jackson State with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and four rebounds in 21 minutes. Four days later, he propelled the Huskers to a win over Creighton with a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. That would be his best offensive performance in non-conference play. He was slowed by a knee sprain in the final non-conference game against Savannah State, which slowed his progress entering league action.
In Big 12 play, Richardson raised his scoring average to 7.4 points per game and was in double figures four times. His best effort came at Texas Tech, when he scored a career-high 20 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and 8-of-8 from the foul line. His three foul shots with 11 seconds left gave NU a short-lived 71-70 lead. That effort began a four-game stretch where he averaged 12.4 points per game on 56 percent shooting, capped by a team-high 16 points in a loss to No. 3 Kansas in Lincoln. Richardson's final double-figure effort came in NU's win over No. 3 Texas when he totaled 15 points, including 9-of-11 shooting from the foul line. His two free throws with 42 seconds left broke a 67-all tie.
2009-10 (Sophomore) Richardson was one of four Huskers who made at least 15 starts on the season, ranking second on the team with 8.9 points per game. He also chipped in 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 24 minutes per contest. Richardson, who reached double figures in points 13 times, ranked among team leaders in points (276, 2nd), steals (35, 2nd), field-goal percentage (45.6, 2nd), 3-pointers (27, 3rd) and assists (56, 4th), while shooting a team-high 82.5 percent (85-of-103) from the charity stripe to finish fifth in the league.
He became more of a focal point in the offense in Big 12 play, raising his scoring average to 9.3 points per game, including seven double-figure efforts. He posted a then-career-high 18 points against No. 3 Kansas at home, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the floor and all five attempts from the charity stripe. He also had 16 points in a win over Oklahoma and added 15 points at No. 7 Kansas State and in a victory over Texas Tech. He closed the regular season with a 16-point effort on 5-of-7 shooting at Oklahoma State.
Richardson saved his best for the Big 12 Tournament, establishing a career high with 19 points to help the Huskers knock off No. 5 seed Missouri. He hit 6-of-8 shots from the field in addition to his five free throw attempts and tied his career high with seven boards to lead Nebraska to the 15-point victory.
2008-09 (Redshirt Freshman) Richardson enjoyed a solid first season on the court, averaging 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game. Despite a shoulder injury that limited him at the start of Big 12 play, he shot 40 percent from the field, including 31.4 percent from 3-point range. He was second on the team at the foul line, hitting 82.1 percent (32-of-39) of his free throws.
He also made a name for himself on the defensive end, gaining a reputation as one of the team's top man-to-man defenders. He finished with 25 steals, which ranked ninth on NU's freshman list, including six games with at least two steals. Richardson started on a strong note, averaging more than 18 minutes and six points per game over his first four contests, including a nine-point effort against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. After a slump in December, he regained his shooting touch after the New Year, hitting 5-of-9 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, while adding four assists and two steals in the final two games before Big 12 play.
In NU's final non-conference game against Florida A&M, Richardson hit two shots in his first 11 minutes, but suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the next four games. He returned against Oklahoma State, hitting 2-of-3 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in an overtime loss before enjoying a breakout performance at Texas Tech. In that game, he drained a trio of 3-pointers and hit 4-of-5 shots en route to an 11-point day in a road win. Richardson posted his second double-figure road effort at nationally ranked Missouri with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
2007-08 (Freshman) Richardson redshirted during his first season in Lincoln.
Before Nebraska Richardson helped Hawthorne High School and Coach Mike Rios to 36 wins over his final two seasons. A two-time first-team all-state performer by the state high school coaches association, Richardson also earned Nike All-America honors as a senior.
Richardson garnered all-conference accolades four times in his career, including first-team honors each of his last three seasons. Richardson was also named the league's most valuable player, and was an all-area and All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) first-team selection after leading his squad to the playoffs as a senior. In the first round of the state playoffs, Richardson scored a career-high 38 points and came back to add 31 points in the second round. He averaged 20.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 2006-07 while topping the 2,000-point scoring plateau. Richardson, who scored 20 or more in 13 of his 28 games as a senior, enjoyed a strong junior year when he averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He helped Hawthorne to a 19-10 overall record that season, including a perfect 10-0 mark in league action.
Personal Brandon is the son of Denise and Gentry Richardson, and was born on Dec. 31, 1988. He has one brother, Trey. Brandon is majoring in sociology at Nebraska and graduated in May of 2012. Richardson was heavily recruited by several West Coast schools before signing with Nebraska.
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