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No. 4 pick Jaren Jackson Jr. praises Nick Richards

Former Michigan State star Jaren Jackson Jr. was running The Players’ Tribune Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon and gave UK sophomore Nick Richards some praise.

Jackson Jr. was drafted No. 4 in the 2018 NBA Draft after his lone season as a Spartan. He averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and three blocks per game. Michigan State was upset by Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jackson Jr. was asked about his toughest matchup in the Nike EYBL.

The two unfortunately didn’t square off against one another in college, but it’s more evidence that Richards can be a star. Richards’ issues seems to be consistency, which isn’t surprising given he’s only been playing basketball since he was a teenager.

Richards did a lot of nice things in the Bahamas, he had a couple great games last season and clearly frustrated Jackson Jr. in the Nike EYBL two years ago.

Let’s hope consistent Richards is here to stay in 2018-2019.

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Article written by TJ Walker

3 Comments for No. 4 pick Jaren Jackson Jr. praises Nick Richards



  1. Cletis75
    8:05 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

    He just looks like he needs to understand position on the floor. Being in the right place can make all the difference between success and struggling. Hopefully he has it figured out this season.



    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      9:54 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

      He gets caught trying to guard the perimeter instead of the rim. If he fell back into the paint to guard the rim his blocks would go up and rebounds. Willie was the only big at UK we saw capable of guarding that 3 pt line during college.



  2. GM1978
    9:59 am August 22, 2018 Permalink

    He was my favorite part of the Bahamas exhibition