Nick Richards has earned another honor for his performances last week. Kentucky’s junior big man was just named SEC Co-Player of the Week along with Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr.
Richards averaged 22.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in Kentucky’s wins over Georgia and Texas Tech. On Saturday in Lubbock, Richards played a career-high 39 minutes, finishing with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The only other player in the John Calipari Era with that stat line? Anthony Davis (vs. Arkansas on Jan. 17, 2012).
Richards’ double-double vs. Texas Tech was his eighth of the season and ninth of his career. He shot 7-10 from the field and a career-high 11-14 from the free-throw line, including 5-5 in overtime. He’s averaging 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last eight games. Kentucky is 11-0 this season when Richards has eight or more rebounds, 4-0 when he gets at least 20 points.
Earlier today, Richards was named NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week by Andy Katz. If you ask me, that means he should have won the league award outright, but oh well. This is Richards’ second conference player of the week award. He also won one for his performance vs. Louisville on Dec. 28.
Enjoy Richards’ postgame Skype with Andy Katz on Saturday: