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NEW YORK -- Jersey Boys Wade Baldwin, Malachi Richardson and DeAndre' Bembry all went in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday night, solidifying the state's reputation for producing some of the world's top basketball talent.

The 6-foot-4 Baldwin out of Vanderbilt went first, at No. 17 to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-5 Bembry out of St. Joe's was taken at No. 21 by the Atlanta Hawks.

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NEW YORK -- Malachi Richardson and Wade Baldwin were seated at a pair of elevated tables about 20 feet apart on Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York.

It only seemed appropriate that the two Jersey Boys were addressing the media at the same time since their prep careers in the Garden State overlapped and intersected at critical moments.

Three years ago, Richardson and current Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson teamed to lead Roselle Catholic to its first New Jersey Tournament of Champions title with a 65-49 victory over a St. Joe's-Metuchen team that included Baldwin and Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

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LAS VEGAS - Malachi Richardson helped propel Syracuse to the Final Four last season by getting hot from the outside, but the 6-foot-6 guard is working hard to prove to NBA teams that he's more than just an outside shooter.

After making 35.3 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and sinking 13 triples in five NCAA tournament games, Richardson went into Tuesday's pro day at the Impact Sports Academy in Las Vegas hoping to showcase his defense, his off-the-dribble game and his toughness in front of more than 120 scouts and front office executives from all 30 teams.

"I definitely wanted to show I can shoot the ball," Richardson said, "but I also wanted to show I can compete and play defense. I think I can be a much better player than just being a 3-point shooter. I think I can be a complete player. That's the goal. I don't want to limit myself to just being a 3-point shooter or limit myself to just being an offensive player. I want to be able to do everything on the floor."

Tags: Malachi Richardson, Mike Grimala
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Trevor Cooney is shooting 33 percent from the field on the season. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Trevor Cooney is shooting 33 percent from the field on the season. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Basketball is a beautiful game: five athletes trying to move as one, using a multitude of strategies and schemes on both offense and defense. It can also be complicated, as a battle of wills and a battle of wits, at the same time. But, it is also wonderfully simplistic at it's core objective; put the ball in the hole.

If you want to know why Syracuse is 7-3, it's because two of Syracuse's shooters-Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson-simply can't accomplish that core objective of the sport they play.

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