In this week's edition of Postin' Up, we sit down with redshirt freshman guard Brandon Richardson. One of the hardest working players on the team, Richardson served as a ball boy for the Los Angeles Clippers as a teenager for two seasons.
HI: Tell me a little bit about your career as a ball boy for the L.A. Clippers.
BR: "Well, to get the job, one of our good friend of the family's went to our church and he was a season ticket holder for the Clippers. He knew a guy who was in charge of stuff like that at the Staples Center. He just asked a friend of mine if he knew of any guys who was interested in being a ball boy for them. When my friend told me I could be a ball boy, I ran home and told my parents I wanted to do it. It was a fun experience, just being around an atmosphere like that while you're young."
HI: What were some of your experiences being around NBA players that much as a kid?
BR: "Probably Eric Piatkowski don't know it, but I remember when he was there I used to, usually I would get there like 2 hours early because we wanted to shoot around, so you could talk to guys like Eric and joke around with them a little bit. Also you could go to other teams and be a ball boy for them. That way you'd see all the opponents that we would play and speak to them and see what it's like."
HI: Did you pick up anything just being around professional basketball that much as a kid?
BR: "Not a lot, just because I was so young and really didn't know what all was going on. But at the same time, just to see the professionalism from the guys, They were all about professionalism. It was about business, basically."
HI: What is your fondest memory of that experience?
BR: "Probably seeing the guys and getting the gear, because they would give us free stuff sometimes."
HI: In this season's media guide, Doc Sadler has a quote about you being one of the hardest working players he's ever coached. Where does that come from?
BR: "It's just a drive. I've always been a hard-working person on defense and offense. My family has taught me that stuff from Day 1 off the court, so I just try to put that into perspective in being a basketball player and just doing what I do and doing it to the best of my ability."
HI: Is that how you've always been, on and off the court?
BR: "It actually started when I was younger, because my brother, he played and I started following him because I wanted to play basketball too. He said, 'If you're going to do this, you've got to make sure you work harder than everybody who's on the floor out there with you.' He was my assistant coach in high school, and he was always criticizing me. He punished me more because he knew how hard I could work, and he knew how much work it would take for me to be where I am know. A lot of the credit goes to my family in getting me where I am today."
HI: You're originally from California. Now that you've spent some time living in Nebraska, what's the one thing that Lincoln, Neb., offers that you can't get back home?
BR: "Everybody here, it's like one big family. I've got that since I first stepped off the plane here. I mean everybody, it's one big family. Everywhere you go, everybody's nice to everybody and people show you respect. Back home, you don't get that. You've got people mugging you and giving you all kinds of dirty looks. But here, like I said, it's one big family. You can't beat that."
HI: What's the one thing you miss most about back home?
BR: "The weather. Especially right now."
HI: Of all the guys on the team, who's the best singer?
BR: "Oh, Ryan Anderson. Of course. He can gospel, he can do R&B. He's pretty good."
HI: Who's the worst singer?
BR: "I'd probably say myself. I try to express myself around here, but it's nothing compared to Ryan. He's the one who got it."
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