Nick Richard’s high school coach told the Courier Journal that the sophomore center is still developing his instincts and learning to play without thinking, but believes he will have a monster sophomore season.
“Building that confidence and building those positive instincts is just a process,” Mike Rice said. “He’s going to put weight on, and I think he’s going to have a monster sophomore year.”
You may remember Rice from his time as head coach at Rutgers. He now coaches The Patrick School in New Jersey.
Richards has only been playing basketball since he was 13. At times during his freshman season it showed for the 6-foot-11, 240-pound center. Despite starting, Richards minutes diminished in February and March, and he clocked double-digit minutes just once in UK’s final 10 games.
But we still saw flashes from the Jamaican native. He scored 25 and 15 against Fort Wayne and flirted with a double-double a handful of other times. John Calipari tried to instill confidence in Richards, but he never really seemed to click.
Richards was ranked No. 17 in the class of 2017 and part of that ranking was because of his potential. Let’s hope he reaches that potential in 2018-2019 with a monster season.
Plenty of more great stuff on Richards from the CJ. Read Hale’s story HERE.