|High School:||Whitewater HS|
Honors & Awards
2017 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
2016 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
2016 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year (Media)
2016 All-Southern Conference (2nd Team/Coaches)
2016 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2017 — Overcame a slow start to register a productive campaign...hit .304 with six home runs and 30 RBI...saw action in 50 games and made 48 starts, including 32 at designated hitter...had 16 starts in right field until moving exclusively to designated hitter in late April...hit .095 (2x21) over his first seven games before breaking out with a 4-for-4, two-RBI, three-run performance versus North Carolina A&T (17-2 win)...proceeded to hit .329 (56x170) over his final 43 games...belted a two-run home run over Presbyterian at Latham Stadium (11-6 win)...homered twice (2x3, 4 RBI, 3 runs) in a 13-1, seven-inning run-rule victory over The Citadel to complete the Paladins’ second three-game series sweep of the Bulldogs in the last two seasons (now 12x25, .480 in six games vs. The Citadel)...followed that up with 2-for-6, four-run performance in a 27-10 pasting of Gardner-Webb...swatted a three-run, sixth inning home run to help Furman erase a 3-0 deficit en route to a 6-5 road win over Belmont...fashioned a strong SoCon Tournament at Fluor Field, going 9-for-22 (.409) over five games...had three straight two-hit games, including 2-for-5, three-RBI performance against East Tennessee State (8-6 win) that advanced Furman into the tournament championship round...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
2016 — Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honoree and consensus Southern Conference Freshman of the Year selection by league head coaches and media...also collected second team all-conference laurels...hit a team leading .343 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 41 games...registered a team high 10 stolen bases and 21 multi-hit games despite missing 17 contests (Mar. 23-Apr. 21)...his 10 home runs marked the second highest tally by a freshman in program history...hit leadoff in 38 of his 40 starts and made 32 starts in right field....went 1-for-4 with a double in his collegiate starting debut versus Presbyterian (9-8, 11-inning win) at Fluor Field...cracked his first home run in Furman’s next game, going 3-for-3 with two RBI in an 8-1 triumph over Dayton...homered again in game two of the Dayton series (9-3 win)...went 2-for-4 and belted a walk-off, three-run home run to beat UNC Asheville, 8-6, at Latham Stadium...in one eight game stretch from Mar. 11-22, went 17-for-34 (.500) with seven multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4, three-run performance in a 9-7 victory over 23rd-ranked College of Charleston at Latham Stadium...batted .395 over his first 19 games before exiting the lineup...went hitless in his first three games upon his return but rallied to swat .337 (27x80) over Furman final 19 contests...torched The Citadel, going 7-for-14 with a home run, four doubles, six runs, and three RBI in a three-game series sweep — Furman’s first over the Bulldogs since 1968 and first in Charleston since 1964...dialed up a 7-for-14 worksheet in helping Furman to a series win over eventual SoCon Tournament champion Western Carolina in Greenville...went 3-for-5, homered, and stole two bases at VMI (15-4 win)...led off the game with a home run in Furman’s 15-10 SoCon Tournament victory over UNC Greensboro at Fluor Field...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
High School: 2015 graduate of Whitewater (4A) High School...baseball coach was Rusty Bennett...played outfield and also pitched...helped lead Whitewater to a pair of region championships and state runner-up finishes his junior and senior seasons, going 31-8 and 29-7, respectively...lost to Buford, 2-0, in the 2015 state title game...delivered a leadoff double in a three-run fifth inning in a eventual 10-8 victory over Trinity (Fla.) Prep at the 2015 National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C...playing center field, he made a game saving, over-the-fence catch in the seventh inning to preserve a 5-4 win over Greenbrier in 2014 state semifinals to send his squad to the state title game series, where Whitewater dropped a three-game series to Houston County....part of 14-member senior class, 12 of whom signed to play collegiate baseball...two-time all-region and all-county selection...carried a Perfect Game No. 9 ranking among outfielders in Georgia and No. 49 overall tab in the Peach state...pitched and starred in travel ball with the Homeplate Chilidogs.
Personal: Full name is Jabari E. Richards...born March 20, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia...son of Johnny and Krystal Richards...father player football at Clark-Atlanta University...Eagle Scout...business administration major.