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Backup guard Richardson joins exodus, decides to leave Niagara

Niagara’s list of men’s basketball defections has reached six and counting with the news from little-used guard Julian Richardson he is leaving the Purple Eagles’ program.

Richardson made his announcement on twitter Tuesday night. He is the sixth of 12 scholarship players on Coach Chris Casey’s team to leave the team.

“I have been granted a release from Niagara University . . . and intend to transfer for the upcoming season,” Richardson said.

Niagara suffered its biggest loss on Monday when Ramone Snowden, its second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, informed Casey of his decision to leave the program.

The transfer of little-used players who look for more playing time elsewhere is common. The transfer of numerous players when there is a coaching change is not uncommon. However, a big exodus such as Niagara is experiencing is highly unusual.

Besides Snowden and Richardson, transfers off the team include guard Wes Myers, Rayvon Harris and Anders Skou Hansen, and forward DayJar Dickson.

Richardson, a 6-foot-3 freshman from the Los Angeles area, played in only 11 games and averaged 2.2 points last season. He committed to Niagara late in the recruiting process last summer. He was considered a two-star recruit by most scouting services in high school. However, he did draw some interest from Villanova before his senior season. So Richardson had the look of a recruit who “settled” for Niagara.

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