LAS VEGAS - Malachi Richardson helped propel Syracuse to the Final Four last season by getting hot from the outside, but the 6-foot-6 guard is working hard to prove to NBA teams that he's more than just an outside shooter.
After making 35.3 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and sinking 13 triples in five NCAA tournament games, Richardson went into Tuesday's pro day at the Impact Sports Academy in Las Vegas hoping to showcase his defense, his off-the-dribble game and his toughness in front of more than 120 scouts and front office executives from all 30 teams.
"I definitely wanted to show I can shoot the ball," Richardson said, "but I also wanted to show I can compete and play defense. I think I can be a much better player than just being a 3-point shooter. I think I can be a complete player. That's the goal. I don't want to limit myself to just being a 3-point shooter or limit myself to just being an offensive player. I want to be able to do everything on the floor."