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Tomorrow is homecoming for Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards

Kentucky’s game vs. Monmouth tomorrow in Madison Square Garden is also a homecoming for two Wildcats, Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards.

“It’s going to be great,” Diallo, a Queens native, said of returning to New York. “I haven’t played there in a long time. It’s just going to be a great experience to see all who’s coming out. I’ve got a lot of family coming that haven’t seen me play in person in a long time. It’s going to be a great atmosphere because Monmouth has a couple of New York guys on their team as well. It’s just going to be a great atmosphere and I’m going to enjoy it.”

What will be like for the New York native to play in Madison Square Garden, arguably the most famous arena in the sport?

“It’s different. I’ve never played in the Garden. It’s every kid’s dream who’s from New York to play there. I’m just going to go out there and treat it like it’s another game.”

Richards, a native of Jamaica, moved to Queens, New York in high school. He eventually enrolled in The Patrick School in New Jersey, alma mater of fellow Cats Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson.

“It’s going to be a great experience just to play at MSG in front of friends and family who have supported me throughout the years playing basketball,” Richards said. “I think this is one way of me giving back to that community is just showing out for them.”

Richards will actually be playing against his former high school teammate Marcus McClary, a freshman shooting guard for Monmouth. This isn’t the first time Richards has played against a Patrick School alum.

“It’s going to be the same as when I played against Harvard when I played against (former high school teammate) Bryce Aiken. You’re friends off the court and after the game and right before the game, but we’re going to compete as basketball players during the game.”

How excited is Richards to be heading home? Check out his grin as he boarded the plane to New York this morning:

Calipari’s players haven’t always handled their homecomings well, so let’s hope both Diallo and Richards seize the moment tomorrow instead of shrink from it.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 responses to “Tomorrow is homecoming for Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards”

  1. lexslamman

    Any NY/NJ Cats fans out there, decent tix are still available in the $75 range. Meet at Jack Demsey’s afterwards for some shepherd’s pie.

  2. Swizzle

    Diallo won’t hit a shot he shoots from outside the paint.

    1. wyatts1

      I bet he dunks on at least 4 different monmonth players. I bet he goes 18 pts and 11 boards and 3 blocks

  3. wyatts1

    They definitely went out of their way to find Richards best pic possible for this story !!