Richard McBride, a stocky 6-4 shooting guard from Lanphier High School in Illinois, told us this weekend that he plans on taking some unofficial visits soon. McBride told us that he has two candidates in mind for these unofficial trips.
"The schools I would like to visit are Tennessee and Illinois right now," McBride said. McBride also said he was unsure when these visits would take place but he was hoping to take them in the next month.
Despite McBride injuring the area just above his right elbow three weeks ago at a tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, Richard has played in two consecutive tournaments the past two weekend.
McBride has been offered a scholarship by the University of Illinois. McBride told us he is also considering Maryland, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Louisville and Tennessee.
A player who matured physically at a young age, McBride is a physical specimen, though he will need to be careful about adding any more weight to his rugged frame. In fact, he might increase his quickness and athleticism if he is able to drop a few pounds in the coming months.
That said, McBride can be a deadly three point shooter when he gets on a roll, and he likes to hang out on the wing where he can hoist some catch and shoot treys. He can also put the ball on the deck and knock down the short or midrange jumper if necessary, so he has a diverse offensive arsenal for defenders to worry about.
McBride averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals per game at Lanphier H.S. this season, where he played alongside Arizona signee Andre Iguodala.
McBride said he has a 2.6 GPA and will take the ACT for the first time in June. He has a busy summer ahead, with intended pit stops at the adidas ABCD Camp, the adidas Big Time Tournament (with Ft. Sooey) and possibly a session of the Five-Star basketball camp.