Nick Richards is dipping his toe into the NBA Draft waters. Kentucky’s 7-foot center announced on Instagram he has submitted his name into the NBA Draft.
“After discussing my options with Coach Cal and my family, I decided to enter my name into the NBA Draft,” Richards said. “Using the rules in place, I want to explore every option to see where my game is.”
Like E.J. Montgomery, Richards will keep the door open to potentially return to UK for another season. Unlike Montgomery, Richards did not specifically state what he wants to hear from NBA officials.
“If it isn’t my time, I’ll be more than excited to suit up for there best fans in the country again next season and chase our goal of winning a championship.”
His complete statement:
John Calipari completely supports Richards’ decision.
“Nick is one of the most loveable and nicest people I’ve ever coached,” Calipari said. “He’s made great strides and at some point he’s going to be an NBA player who influences games. At 7-foot with his ability to shoot and block shots, it’s just a rare commodity. I think Nick is making a good decision for him and his family to explore their options and see what’s out there. I’ll fully support what he and his family choose to do.”
The fifth UK underclassman to declare for the NBA Draft, in 2018-19 Richards averaged 4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in about 12.1 minutes of action. The sophomore led the Wildcats in blocked shots with 47.
Richards has until May 29 at midnight to decide if he wants to return to Kentucky for another season or keep his name in the NBA Draft.