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Nick Richards inexplicably left off Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List

Nick Richards – better known as “Second Semester Junior Nick Abdul-Jabbar Richards” around these parts – has been snubbed in the worst way imaginable.

Somehow, some way, the Kentucky star center was left off the candidate list for the award named after him.

This afternoon, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released their top 10 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Candidates, and Richards was left off the list.

Instead, here are the ten centers that made the cut:

2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Candidates

Vernon Carey Jr. Duke
Omer Yurtseven Georgetown
Filip Petrusev Gonzaga
Luka Garza Iowa
Udoka Azubuike Kansas
Daniel Oturu Minnesota
Kaleb Wesson Ohio State
Onyeka Okongwu USC
Isaiah Stewart Washington
Nathan Knight William and Mary

For those keeping track at home, Richards is currently averaging 14.6 points on 66% shooting to go with 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, making him just one of two players in college basketball to average 14-plus points on 60-plus percent shooting, eight-plus rebounds, and two-plus blocks per contest.

Udoka Azubuike? 12.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game.

Kaleb Wesson? 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.

Factor in the roles each player on the list plays, team records, and overall school level, you’ll never convince me Richards isn’t deserving of one of those ten spots.

Before we officially start a riot in Springfield, MA, though, it should at least be known that we still have time for the selection committee to come to their senses.

While these are the official candidates for the award moving forward, players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2019-20 season. So while Richards was left off now, he could still make his way back on the list when the five finalists are announced in mid-March.

Until then, it’s completely fair to protest the egregious and inexplicable decision.

Richards needs to win this award. We must speak it into existence.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

3 Comments for Nick Richards inexplicably left off Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List

  1. IrishCat
    2:34 pm February 7, 2020 Permalink

    Time to show out even harder!

  2. Bluehender
    4:22 pm February 7, 2020 Permalink

    Vernon Carey will win it..write it down..not because he’s the best but because…you know why.

  3. J. Did
    5:10 pm February 7, 2020 Permalink

    IrishCat – I concur. Nick needs to have a sense of urgency. Something tells me that the tat on his right arm is precluding that. He must soon figure it out and show up ‘every game’ and give his best 115%. E.J. does too, but that’s another analytical diatribe. Nick needs to understand that he MUST produce greatness NOT just when he ‘feels’ like it. Once a kid with that kind of talent ‘gets it’ – scouts notice contributory efficiency. Over his time at KENTUCKY, his ‘laziness’ – for lack of a better term – has been inexplicable in fan’s eyes. It really has become time to continue the continue of raising your game. No days off. Produce; be present, accountable, extoll your athletic gifts for your team and yourself – on the court…daily! Bottom line: “Care”… about your team and your performance NOW. Nick needs to understand and realize that each next game is crucial and will be defining his future for the CATS in the NCAA tournament – and his potential career in the NBA.