Former Syracuse forward Malachi Richardson drafted by Sacramento Kings

Richardson is now officially an NBA player
Richardson is now officially an NBA player

NEW YORK — Former Syracuse forward Malachi Richardson was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 22nd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, but will go to the Sacramento Kings.

In his only year at Syracuse, Richardson was second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game, and added 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

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Richardson led an improbable comeback in the Elite 8 against Virginia in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, scoring 23 points in a 68-62 win.

The Hornets had reportedly dealt the 22nd pick away to the Kings prior to the draft in exchange for Marco Belinelli.

Syracuse has had a player drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft since the 2012 season.

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