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Calipari said Richards would be a lottery pick if he played like Vanderbilt

It’s fair to say Nick Richards hasn’t lived up to his hype and potential in his freshman season. For a young man with Richards’ size and athleticism, he should be the most dominant player in the paint each and every game. Jarred Vanderbilt shouldn’t be coming off the bench to grab more than twice as many rebounds per game as Richards in SEC play. Richards shouldn’t rank sixth on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game in league competition.

But Richards is sixth on the team with only 3.8 rebounds per game. With his size, that is a surprising (and sad) statistic. And the reason is Richards isn’t playing as hard as some of his teammates, namely Vanderbilt. If he would just play with the effort Vanderbilt brings in crashing the boards, Richards would be a lottery pick. John Calipari said so today in an exchange with a reporter at the pre-Florida press conference.

It went like this:

Calipari: “Look, here, I’ll ask you this question: If Nick played as hard as Jarred, what would he be?

Reporter: “Really good.”

Calipari: “He would be really good, but explain what would he be. What would you say he’d be really good?”

Reporter: “Rebounding, active.”

Calipari: “OK, and what would that mean for him personally?”

Reporter: “Lottery pick.”

Calipari: “Top-five pick. Lottery, top-five pick.”

 

Honestly, I can’t imagine a player of Richards’ size going with the energy of Vanderbilt. That guy would get 25 rebounds per game.

If only Richards would do just half that, Kentucky would be much better off.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for Calipari said Richards would be a lottery pick if he played like Vanderbilt



  1. dismore
    6:08 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

    And IF a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass every time he jumped



    • 4everUKblue
      6:28 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      wow so original.



    • dismore
      7:25 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s another original smart ass: go to hell



    • 4everUKblue
      8:23 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      Wow…Your write your own material? Cause I’ve never heard either of those before. Well the first one not since high school.



    • Luether
      8:35 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      And IF the Queen had balls, she’d be the King…



  2. Kat4Life
    6:35 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

    If he does come back, he will have another year under his belt and every incentive to be an DeAndre Ayton type beast…….seriously, if Washington, Gabriel, Richards, Killya-Jones, (add Montgomery ?). plus a slim chance we get Vanderbilt back……..not bad at all…..and our backcourt next year is absurd…….Green, Quickly, Johnson, Herro, and perhaps the kid from California who sat out…….we’ll be stacked…..two deep about everywhere…….



  3. Saul T. Nuts
    6:38 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt is such a good rebounder because he’s really quick, and strong. Richards will never be as quick as Vanderbilt. It doesn’t mean Richards won’t end up being a really, really good player…he’s just different than Vanderbilt.



    • jaws2
      7:09 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      Goodness, a post on KSR by someone that actually makes sense! You’ll have to go post someplace else!



    • dismore
      7:27 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’m sorry sir please don’t bring that good sense here. KSR is reserved for smart ass comments nothing else.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:40 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Moran. Dummi



    • 4everUKblue
      8:25 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

      You led it off with a smart ass really old corny saying.



  4. Rixter
    8:40 pm March 2, 2018 Permalink

    I’m just glad we have a guy on the team who IS playing like that.



  5. AmazzzingLarry
    12:45 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a lot like Skal: loads of potential, but raw with underdeveloped body and lacking killer instinct. Skal dropped 20 earlier this week. No reason to think Richards won’t get better with maturity, too. Just needs more aggression and a 10 foot jumper- both of which are attainable- and then look out.



  6. BigBlueNationDude
    2:40 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

    His problem is he thinks he is a lottery pick.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:36 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

      And your problem is you think you know something about basketball.



  7. rockatao
    7:26 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Richards doesn’t have good hands. One of things you either have or you don’t.



  8. Badboy
    7:48 am March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Richards is lazy–period.