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Nick Richards makes midseason watch list for Naismith Trophy

Nick Richards may not be a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award, but he did make the midseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, given annually to the best player in college basketball.

Richards is the only Kentucky Wildcat to make the list and one of three players from the SEC along with Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and Arkansas’ Mason Jones. This year, he’s averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and hitting 66.3% of his shots, which would break the Kentucky record for career field goal percentage if the season ended today. Through 24 games, Richards has 10 double doubles after only having one in his first two years in Lexington and the Cats are 18-1 this season when he scores in double figures.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Precious Achiuwa Fr. F Memphis AAC
Udoka Azubuike Sr. C Kansas Big 12
Kamar Baldwin Sr. G Butler BIG EAST
Saddiq Bey So. F Villanova BIG EAST
Jared Butler So. G Baylor Big 12
Vernon Carey Jr. Fr. C Duke ACC
Ayo Dosunmu So. G Illinois Big Ten
Devon Dotson So. G Kansas Big 12
Anthony Edwards Fr. G Georgia SEC
Malachi Flynn Jr. G San Diego State Mountain West
Jordan Ford Sr. G St. Mary’s WCC
Luka Garza Jr. C Iowa Big Ten
Markus Howard Sr. G Marquette BIG EAST
Mason Jones Jr. G Arkansas SEC
Tre Jones So. G Duke ACC
Nathan Knight Sr. F/C William & Mary CAA
John Mooney Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Jordan Nwora Jr. F Louisville ACC
Daniel Oturu So. C Minnesota Big Ten
Filip Petrusev So. F Gonzaga WCC
Myles Powell Sr. G Seton Hall BIG EAST
Payton Pritchard Sr. G Oregon Pac-12
Nick Richards Jr. F Kentucky SEC
Fatts Russell Jr. G Rhode Island Atlantic 10
Jalen Smith So. F Maryland Big Ten
Lamar Stevens Sr. F Penn State Big Ten
Isaiah Stewart Fr. F Washington Pac-12
Obi Toppin So. F Dayton Atlantic 10
Kaleb Wesson Jr. F Ohio State Big Ten
Cassius Winston Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten

The list will be narrowed down to 10 in early March, four on March 17 and the winner will be announced on April 5.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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1 Comment for Nick Richards makes midseason watch list for Naismith Trophy

  1. jlee
    9:12 pm February 13, 2020 Permalink

    Way to go Nick!! It’s so much fun watching you “battle” this year. Keep up the hard work…. it’s paying off! Go CATS! ??