Point guard Ajia Richardson recently finished her career at Pine Bluff and she says she is ready to move on to the next chapter in her life, but not before she recalls her time spent as a Fillie.
“I’ve been on varsity since 10th grade,” Richardson said. “I like to think of myself as being very vocal. My personality is to try and be a leader, and I like to think I’ve been a very vocal leader (throughout her career).”
Richardson said that taking over a leadership role has helped her with her game, and she was grateful for all the support everybody showed during her time at Pine Bluff.
“From 10th grade to 12th grade, that’s what I’ve been building on,” Richardson said of taking over a leadership role. “Along with my teammates, I’ve earned respect. It’s been a sisterhood on this team and that really helps. We could talk about everything and after practice we worked out together. That helped me become better.
“The whole administration … came out and supported us. From coaches to parents to church families, everyone came out. We gave it our all and they gave us all of their support.”
Richardson has been selected to participate in Thursday’s Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game hosted by the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Richardson was the only girls’ basketball player from Jefferson County selected, but three from the county will play in the boys’ game Tevin Brown (Watson Chapel), Kabion Ento (Dollarway) and Roosevelt Murray (Pine Bluff).
“It’s a great honor to be selected for the all-star basketball game,” Richardson said. “It shows the work that I’ve been putting in, not just when high school started, but since middle school and junior high. It just shows how dedicated and focused I am.
“It’s great to be selected to be around great players in the state and it just puts you on a high-caliber to be around the best seniors in the state.”
Richardson averaged 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, and three steals for the Fillies, who reached the quarterfinals in 6A this past year.
Richardson would like to make an impact in the all-star game, but said she is going out there to have a good time also.
“I hope to have fun playing” Richardson said. “I want to be aggressive, relaxed and just play my game, and I also want to get everyone involved. This whole experience is about making memories.”
As with a lot of graduates, college is now the next task at hand for Richardson. She says at this moment she is still undecided of where to attend college, but plans on playing basketball for whatever school she chooses. Richardson said she hopes to make a decision in the near feature.
The all-star games will be held Thursday in the Farris Center on the UCA campus with the girls’ game slated to tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.