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?”
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.