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Q&A with Tyler Richardson

Tyler Richardson is a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Huntsville, Ala. One of his jobs at Wichita State will be to shoot (and make) jumpers, a skill the Shockers lacked last season. Richardson looks suited to that role. His shooting form appears smooth and solid and his touch is soft.

Q: What did you think when you first saw a picture of Wu-Shock, the WSU mascot?

A: I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was a little man with wheat sticking out of its head.

Q: Which returning Shockers makes the biggest impression on you?

A: David Kyles, he’s my roommate right now. He’s been telling me you’ve got to get better through hard work. He said just do what you do best. If you’re a scorer, go score. He told me whatever my strengths were, keeping working at it and become better.

Q: If you were not at WSU playing basketball, where would you be?

A: I would probably be at UTEP. WSU had more of a home feeling. Friendliest people I ever met in my life. Coach Marshall and Coach Grant and the coach staff, they brought me in and I had a blast on my visit. I just love it here in Wichita.

Q: Kobe or LeBron?

A: LeBron, I’ve got to go with LeBron. I like his all-around game. People say he has no jumper, but he can hit the jumper and if he gets close enough, he just takes it to the rack. He’s so strong and big and athletic.