|1 Akeem Richmond|
Former all-conference guard becomes ECU's first NBA player in 15 years
Pirates will face fifth-seed UTEP on Wednesday.
Akeem Richmond sank eight 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead the Pirates
Akeem Richmond scored 23 points and set the ECU career record for 3-pointers made
Paris Roberts-Campbell had 17 points to lead the Pirates
Finished his career ranked seventh on the all-time NCAA Three-Point Field Goals Made list with 416 ... Played his first two seasons at the University of Rhode Island before electing to transfer to ECU ... Sat out the 2011-12 season in accordance with NCAA rules regarding Division I transfers ... Scored 1,622 points during his four-year collegiate, including 994 during his final two seasons at East Carolina ... More than 80 percent of his made field goals (514) were 3-point field goals (416) ... Shot 38.4 percent behind the arc and 38.4 percent overall ... Averaged 2.99 3-pointers per game ... Made at least one 3-pointer in 123 games, including each of his final 34 games ... In only two years, he moved up to ninth place on the Conference USA career 3-point field goals made (260) ... Set the ECU career record for three-pointers made (260) and attempted (642).
As A Senior (2013-14)
Started all 34 games ... Averaged a team-high 18.0 points per game, ranking second in Conference USA ... Became the first player in school history to lead the NCAA in a statistical category, topping the charts in 3-point field goals made (155), attempted (392) and 3-pointers per game (4.56); all ECU single-season records ... His 155 3-pointers were a C-USA single-season record and the third-highest single-season total in NCAA history and his per game average was ninth-best ... Posted the fourth most single-season points in school history (612) ... Shot 84.8 percent at the free throw line, second-highest percentage in ECU history (with a minimum of 100 attempts) ... Set the school record for most free throws made with out a miss, going 15-of-15 at the charity stripe against UTSA ... Made an ECU, C-USA and C-USA tournament single-game record 11 3-pointers in the first round of the championship event against UTSA ... Made 10 3-pointers against Fayetteville State and Campbell ... Scored double figures in 30 games, topping 30 points four times and going for more than 20 eight times ... Led the Pirates in scoring 18 times ... Made three free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to help the Pirates overcome a 15-point deficit and defeat UNCG, 85-84 ... Broke the ECU single-game record for 3-pointers made with 10 against Fayetteville State, and then tied it with 10 3s against Campbell ... Finished both game with 37 points, the most by any ECU player since 1988 ... Scored 21 points against North Carolina A&T making four 3s, five free throws and a pair of baskets inside the arc ... Played all 40 minutes against NC State, scoring 23 points with five 3s, a trio of 2-point field goals and pair of free throws ... Knocked down seven 3s against Georgia State, finishing with a team-best 21 points ... Made six 3s during losses to FAU and Southern Miss ... Was the first player in Division I to make 100 3s during the season ... Made six 3s against UTEP to break his own school record for 3-point field goals in a season ... Made five 3s against Rice to become the school's career 3-point leader ... Stroked eight 3s in his final home game against Charlotte and finished with a game-high 27 points ... Scoring 36 points in the first round of the C-USA tournament against UTSA.
As A Junior (2012-13)
Played in all 35 games ... Averaged 10.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 20.1 minutes per game ... Shot 40.0 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from the 3-point line and 83.7 percent at the foul line ... Led Conference USA in 3-point field goals per game (3.0), ranking 16th in the nation ... Finished 24th in the country in 3-point shooting (.420) ... Averaged a league-best 3.6 3s per game during C-USA play, while shooting 46.8 percent (58-124) ... Set the ECU single-season record with 105 3-pointers, becoming the 12th player in C-USA history to make 100 3s in a year ... Buried an ECU record nine 3-pointers at SMU, scoring a career-high 29 points ... Earned ESPN Sportcenter's Top Play on April 2 for his game-winning 3-pointer to defeat Weber State in the CIT title game ... Was the first player off the bench in 15 games ... Led the Pirates in scoring five times ... Scored double figures in 20 games, including three games of 20 or more ... Netted double figures in nine straight games from Feb. 13 through March 19 ... Made 3 or more 3-pointers in 19 games with seven games with at least five ... Had at least two made 3-pointers in 26 games ... Handed out a season-best five assists against St. Andrews ... Credited with a total of seven assists in the first two games of the season ( 3 vs. Washington & Lee, 4 vs. Methodist), accounting for nearly one-third of his season total (25) ... Scored 10 points, knocking down 3-of-4 3-point field goals in his ECU debut against Washington & Lee ... Netted 16 points against UNCG, sinking 4-of-8 3-pointers; went on a personal 11-0 run against the Spartans in the second half ... Drilled 5-of-10 3-pointers for 15 points against St. Andrews ... Led the Pirates with 17 points against North Carolina, knocking down 5-of-10 3-point baskets ... Sank 3-of-4 3-pointers against Massachusetts, scoring 11 total points ... Scored 18 points against Campbell, making 6-of-13 3-pointers, five of which he netted in the final six minutes ... Made 4-of-6 3-point attempts against Houston along with two free throws for 14 points in 11 minutes ... Sank 4-of-6 3s in 16 minutes at UAB ... Scored 15 points in 19 minutes at home versus UAB ... Scored 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting behind the arc at home versus Southern Miss, adding a single free throws ... Made five 3s at Tulsa and two free throws for 17 points ... Dropped in 21 points against Tulane, making five 3s and 6-of-7 free throws; his fourth 3 of the game broke the ECU single-season record ... Scored 18 points at home versus Marshall, making four 3s, four free throws and one 2-point field goal ... Scored 16 points in the C-USA quarterfinals versus Tulsa ... Scored 14 points against Savannah State, draining four 3s ... Scored just six points in the CIT Championship game, three of which came as time expired to give the Pirates the trophy.
As A Sophomore At URI (2010-11)
Appeared in all 34 games, earning the start in 26 contests ... Connected on four 3-pointers, scoring 16 points at Pittsburgh ... Scored 10 points (5-10 FG) at home versus Brown ... Dished out three assists versus College of Charleston ... Led the Rams with 18 points (7-13 FG) and three steals at Toledo ... Connected on 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 15 points versus Davidson ... Poured in a career-high 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and 7-of-11 shooting from the perimeter versus Lafayette ... Added five 3-pointers and 15 points at home over Boston College ... Connected on four 3-pointers in the second half, good for 12 points at Richmond ... Scored 13 points at Saint Joseph's ... Had 12 points versus LaSalle ... Grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Saint Louis ...Scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and notched three steals versus Fordham ... Knocked down six 3-pointers en route to scoring 20 points at home against Charlotte ... Added 10 points and two rebounds at St. Bonaventure ... Had 15 points against Saint Louis (4-6 3FG) in the Atlantic 10 Championship opening round ... Added 16 points (4-7 3FG) and five rebounds against Miami (Ohio) in the CBI.
As A Freshman At URI (2009-10)
Named to the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team ...Set a new URI freshman record and finished 2009-10 ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen with 81 3-pointers made ... Was just the third freshman in A-10 history to connect on at least 80 treys in a single season ... Was twice named A-10 Rookie-of-the-Week ... Hit three or more 3-pointers on 17 occasions ... Scored 10 points in back-to-back games at home versus Holy Cross and Stony Brook ... Added 11 points (3-7 3FG) at Davidson ... Had 11 points - including the go-ahead 3-pointer - which spurred a 17-point second half comeback versus Providence ... Connected on four 3-pointers, good for 12 points against Northeastern ... Scored 11 points (3-5 3FG) in 15 minutes of play at Boston College ... Poured in a career-high 21 points (8-14 FG; 5-8 3FG) against Saint Joseph's...Knocked down 6-of-10 from beyond the arc en route to 19 points at home versus Massachusetts ... Earned the first start of his collegiate career at Saint Louis, scoring 18 points (6-11 3FG) ... Scored 20 points (6-11 FG; 5-9 3FG) and grabbed four rebounds versus Fordham ... Connected on 4-of-8 from the outside, good for 13 points against Saint Louis in the A-10 quarterfinals ... Scored 13 points (3-6) at Virginia Tech in the NIT quarterfinals.
Attended Southern Lee High ... Finished his prep career with 2,846 points - the second-highest career total in NCHSAA history ... Led the state of North Carolina in scoring in each of his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons ... Also tallied better than 600 steals and assists during his high school career ... Three-time Associated Press All-State selection ... Averaged 29.2 points per game as a senior for head coach Gaston Collins' Southern Lee squad, which finished 20-7 during the 2008-09 campaign ... The Cavaliers captured the Cape Fear Valley Conference title for the third consecutive seasons, with Richmond earning conference Player-of-the-Year honors twice ... Also helped guide Southern Lee to the 3-A East sectional finals in his junior and senior seasons.
Born on April 10, 1991 in Sanford, N.C .... Parents are Eric and Vickie Richmond ...Father played football at ECU ... Has a brother Eric and four sisters, Tenille, Emma, Michelle, and Dorece ... Academic major is communication.