Oregon guard Will Richardson returning to Ducks, per report
Will Richardson has one final season in Eugene and he wants to use it.
The Oregon guard has reportedly withdrawn his name from the 2022 NBA Draft and plans to return to the Ducks for the 2022-23 season, according to a report from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
Oregon’s Will Richardson is headed back to school for another season, per source. Huge news for Dana Altman.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 1, 2022
Richardson was Oregon’s leading scorer last season, putting up just over 14 points a game while shooting the 3-ball at a 39% clip. He also averaged 3.7 boards, 3.6 assists, and 1.3 steals a night. The 6-foot-5 guard started 30 games but missed the team’s final five with what was later revealed to be a battle with mono.
After the season, head coach Dana Altman said he simply wanted what was best for Richardson, whether that be the draft, a return, or a decision to enter the portal and play his college ball elsewhere.
The Ducks went 20-15. Richardson’s ability to create with the ball in his hands was a key driving force behind their mid-season surge, but he cooled off late in the year before missing both Pac-12 Tournament games and both of the Ducks’ NIT games for what was at the time an unspecified reason. Altman, at the request of Richardson, didn’t reveal what the guard was going through until he saw one too many erroneous claims about Richardson’s situation.
Now, after a year that was tougher than usual on everyone in the Oregon program, Richardson is back for one final go-around with his teammates.
The Ducks are also getting Quincy Guerrier back after he too tested the draft waters. Jacob Young (out of eligibility) and De’Vion Harmon (transfer) have left the program, but incoming guards Dior Johnson, Jermaine Couisnard (South Carolina transfer), and Keeshawn Barthelemy (Colorado transfer) should give Oregon more than enough to work with in the backcourt.