I’m done bragging about Sophomore Nick Richards. I’m just happy I’m no longer all alone in his fan club and that you’ve all finally seen the light.
But I will spread the Sophomore Nick Richards gospel whenever I see it, like last night when John Calipari said NBA scouts are amazed by Richards’ new game.
“The scouts out there, the guy they’re amazed with? Nick,” Calipari said in his postgame comments. “They’re looking at Nick. And he’s seven-foot. If you look at the tape, he’s flying up and down the court.”
Calipari’s wife, Ellen, even sees a different Nick Richards off the court.
“She said to me the other day, he’s not even the same kid,” Coach Cal said. “He doesn’t walk the same, he doesn’t look the same, he doesn’t carry himself the same. So when I met with him, I said, ‘Ellen, tell him what you said.’ And she told him all that and said, ‘I’m really proud of you.’”
Dan Dakich, who called all four games in the Bahamas, thinks Richards can become an NBA lottery pick next summer. Richards will need to continue to play well throughout the season ahead if he is going to get anywhere near that projection, but he’s certainly on the right track in August.
I told you so. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Had to get it in one last time.)