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Nick Richards is returning for his junior season

After going through the NBA Draft evaluation process, Nick Richards has decided to return to Kentucky for his junior season. The big man just announced the news on Instagram.

“First off, I want to thank God, the man up above, for without him I couldn’t do any of this,” Richards said. “Next, I want to thank my family: my mom, my aunt, my sister (and) my brothers. I want to thank my teammates and the coaching staff, for without them I wouldn’t be here. They pushed me in the right direction that I needed to be to where I am today.

“These past two years have been the best of my life. It’s been an incredible experience. I’ve learned a lot, but the job’s not done yet. BBN, are you ready for year three?”

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Year 3 ?

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Last season, Richards averaged 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game, shooting 59.8% from the floor and 69.0% from the free-throw line. He led the team in blocks with 47, including a career-high five swats vs. Kansas. During his two-year career in Lexington, he’s appeared in all 74 games, making 40 starts and averaging 4.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

“I was fully supportive of Nick going through the NBA Draft process for the first time in his career to see where he stood,” John Calipari said. “I’m happy with where Nick and his family ended up and I’m excited to continue to coach Nick because I know how special he can be. I’ve told him, ‘If you come back, I’m expecting you to be one of the best big men in the country.’ There is no reason he can’t be. There is nothing that Nick hasn’t seen at this point, and he knows what my expectations are for him in his junior season. I want him to dominate the game and affect it on every single possession.”

Junior Nick Richards has a nice ring to it.

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14 Comments for Nick Richards is returning for his junior season



  1. Han
    2:40 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back, Nick. You showed us what you’re capable of a few times (that early season game with almost 20 rebounds). Now do it consistently and you’ll be a first rounder next year and get to continue pursuing your dream.

    For us fans, at least now we know the worst-case scenario has been avoided. We at least return Nick, even if EJ stays in, Blackshear doesn’t come, and no one reclassifies.



  2. MacAssassin123
    2:42 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Huge!!! EJ the ball is now in your court now buddy! If we get him EJ back I think we will be fine.



  3. ukcamel
    2:43 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    I like my team.



  4. MacAssassin123
    2:45 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Never count Cal out. He will find someone to replace EJ if it comes to that. And maybe an add on at PF/C. A Dakari Johnson like player would be really really really nice.



  5. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:51 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    This is only the second of Cal’s five star recruits to return for a junior year. Amazing. Poythress was the other.



  6. TheAssman
    2:52 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Just flip that damn “beastmode” switch dude and get aggressive!!



  7. DelrayCat
    2:59 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    The best part for Nick is that Cal won’t have a deep bench and therefore won’t have such a quick trigger to pull him out after 90 seconds and one mistake. Hope he is ready conditioning-wise to play 35 minutes a game.



  8. ukkatzfan
    3:12 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Yes Yes Yes. Hoping EJ comes back too. Haters are louder but a minority.



  9. Smyrna_Cat
    3:16 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Nice to see the big guy coming back!! Good move!



  10. KYFAN4LYFE
    3:29 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Nice…come back with a vengeance, son.



  11. 4everUKblue
    4:13 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Great news, welcome back to BBN. Now kick some ass.



  12. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:05 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    If he gets it going Kentucky will once again be block central.



  13. Not Dan Issel
    6:01 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Great news! Nick, Congratulations. You made the right move and BBN is happy for you!



  14. Not Dan Issel
    6:01 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Now, looking forward to a great year!