Wade picks up commitment, Richards leaves UTSA to join McNeese

Published 2:00 pm Friday, March 24, 2023

Will Wade’s presence continues to draw interest from players in the NCAA transfer portal.

The latest to commitment to the Cowboys is D.J. Richards, a guard from Texas-San Antonio, who made his announcement Wednesday evening through social media.

Richards is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound swingman who started 25 of 32 games as a freshman last season for the Roadrunners.

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The Cypress Creek High product from Houston averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds a game for UTSA, which finished 10-22. A former member of the Southland Conference, the Roadrunners are in Conference USA, a place the Cowboys themselves have aspirations of going.

“I want to go somewhere that is going to help me get to the next step and a program that wants to win,” Richards told 247Sports after he entered the portal.

That should go well with Wade’s proclamation that the Cowboys will turn their fortunes around in his first season next fall. McNeese went 11-23 last year, setting a single-season school record for losses.

Wade has said the Cowboys will win at least 23 games for the biggest single-season turnaround in college basketball.

Richards, who averaged 27.4 minutes a game last year and shot 33 percent from behind the 3-point line, made 63 of 189 attempts. He earned all-freshman honors for C-USA.

Richards became the fourth player to commit to McNeese with the singing period set to begin April 12.

Despite being in a larger conference, UTSA plays in an arena much smaller than the Legacy Center. The Roadrunners’ home, the Convocation Center, seats 2,650. McNeese’s on-campus arena has a capacity of 4,200.