On the eve of the SEC Tournament, we professed our love for Josh Richardson on this blog. We discussed his willingness to play point guard in his senior season when Donnie Tyndall's Vols needed him, and needed him for 36 minutes a night. We put him in the conversation for the SEC's Most Valuable Player. We looked his NCAA Tournament numbers, including his very best basketball in four March 2014 games; he averaged more points (19.3) in the big dance than any Tennessee player of the last decade. This includes NBA mainstays C.J. Watson and Tobias Harris, as well as last year's draftees Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae.
But the biggest takeaway for all of us with Richardson was his natural progression. A three-star kid from Oklahoma who was billed as a defensive stopper, Richardson didn't wow you early, nor did he come out of nowhere late. He simply got better every single season, becoming a weapon on both ends of the floor by the end of his junior season and then Tennessee's only real weapon his senior year. Here's the chart from that post in March again: