Former Edmond Santa Fe basketball player Josh Richardson has taken his game worldwide, spending some time in Germany and Poland this summer on an exhibition tour with Athletes in Action.
Richardson, who started nine games and played in 34 as a true freshman at Tennessee last season, said the experience offered some surprises.
“The competition was a lot better than I thought it was going to be,” Richardson told GoVolsXtra.com. “It was deceptive.
“All those European players in the (NBA) seem to be doing pretty well. I figure it's a style maybe I can pick up. It can help my game. It's another brand.”
Richardson averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 assists in 16.0 minutes per game last season, and he could be in line for more playing time as a sophomore, thanks to his strong defensive skills.
He hopes the European trip will help his game blossom even further.
“I'm still growing, but I've gotten a lot more mature,” he said.
OREGON STATE OFFERS HOLLAND
Carl Albert lineman Caleb Holland received his fifth college scholarship offer, and it's arguably his biggest so far.
Oregon State extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 260-pound center on Friday night.
Holland also has offers from Colorado State, Ohio, Wyoming and Northern Arizona.
Oregon State has developed a significant recruiting presence in Oklahoma the last few years and currently has two state players on its roster — Tulsa Washington product Michael Doctor and Lawton's Jabral Johnson, both linebackers.
The Beavers have won at least seven games in seven of the last 10 seasons.
EDMOND TENNIS PLAYERS WIN IN KC
Edmond North's Ann Pepper and David Hager each came away with victories at the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Sweet 16 Championships at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo., earlier in the week.
Pepper paired with Emma Schelble of Omaha, Neb., to win the doubles championship girls 18s.
In the boys 16s, Hager met up with Edmond North teammate Lee-Shawn Stein in the finals, winning 6-4, 6-2.