2020 W Payton Richardson was named Co State Player of The Year and helped lead Western Christian to the Oregon 2A State Title last season. This year his team is now the “hunted” and they are ready to defend there title! Richardson recently committed to Seattle Pacific!
Checkout my interview with Payton below!
What team did you play for this summer? What skills did you improve on during that time?
This summer I played with team fly, under Coach Williams, and I feel like the biggest skills I improved were my shooting (3’s, mid range), and my leadership as a player.
What goals have you set for yourself this upcoming season?
This upcoming season I obviously hope to repeat and win another championship with my team, but one of my goals is to go into our tough non-league games (such as “the 8” and games against defending champs de la salle) and pull off victories even though we are considered underdogs in those match ups.
After graduating some key seniors, which teammates do you see playing a bigger role this year?
It’s hard to specify which teammates will have to play a bigger role, because we play so well as a team, but I can see my fellow seniors Ethan Halgren and Brayden Hopper really stepping up and getting much more minutes than they did last year and making a big impact on the energy of the game on both sides of the court. Brayden brings so much high energy that is so needed, and no one can stop Ethan down low. New guys like Point Guard Tyron Vanderhoof and Austin Sladek will also play a big role in our success on both sides of the court.
What are your team goals for this season?
Our team goals this season are to; Shine Gods light to our opponent, compete to win every game we play, and win another state championship
Do you have a pregame ritual?
We pray before every game, and before we run out of our tunnel we always have a certain thing we recite, which is yet to be decided this year .
If you didn’t play basketball, what sport would you play instead?
If I didn’t play basketball, I would definitely play football.
Who do you think is better, Lakers or Clippers?
The lakers, because LeBron is the best player in the world
Why did you choose Seattle Pacific over other schools?
The coaches and players at SPU made me feel so welcome. They really made me feel really good about who they are as people and who they are as a team. I loved how well they communicated with me too, every week they’d contact me just to see how things are going and that really stood out to me.