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T.J.’s Player Preview: Nick Richards

Kentucky Sports Radio will preview every player heading into UK’s Bahamas trip starting on August 8th. The complete schedule can be found here and all games are on SEC Network.

Basics: Nick Richards is a 6-foot-11, 240-pound Jamaican native but played his high school basketball in New Jersey. Richards has only been playing basketball for about five years. He was ranked the No. 17 player in the Rivals150 and picked UK over Arizona, UConn and St. John’s.

2017-2018: Richards averaged 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and one block per game during his freshman season. Richards started every game for the Cats, but his minutes decreased as the season progressed. UK’s thin frontcourt allowed Richards to get more minutes, but he only played double-digit minutes in one of UK’s final 10 games. He averaged 1.1 points and two rebounds per game in that stretch. It wasn’t the ending Richards wanted, but he did show flashes throughout the season. His shining moment came early in the season when he scored 25 points and 15 rebounds against Fort Wayne.

Bahamas Expectations: The Bahamas trip will be a great opportunity for Richards to show his progress and build on his confidence. P.J. Washington and Reid Travis will play, but Washington hasn’t practiced the majority of the summer and Travis has a history with injuries. I don’t expect the Cats to hold either player out any of the games, but UK’s coaches will be cautious. This will provide Richards with a plethora of minutes and if you’ve been listening to Drew Franklin, fans should expect to see big things. My expectations aren’t as high. It’s my opinion that Richards is still a year off, but I hope to be proven wrong. Richards needs to focus on defending and rebounding and the playing time will take care of itself. Let’s hope we see that in the Bahamas.


T.J.’s Player Preview Schedule (click the player’s name to read previous posts):

July 24th: Reid Travis

July 25th: P.J. Washington

July 26th: Jemarl Baker

July 27th: Nick Richards

July 30th: Quade Green

July 31st: E.J. Montgomery

August 1st: Tyler Herro

August 2nd: Immanuel Quickley

August 3rd: Keldon Johnson

August: 6th: Ashton Hagans

August 7th: Walk-ons


Article written by TJ Walker

9 Comments for T.J.’s Player Preview: Nick Richards

  1. Alex90
    1:13 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    So your analysis is that he will play in the Bahamas but you don’t expect much. My god how has a NBA team not scooped you up as a scout.

  2. Ridge Runner
    1:16 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    If we could get 5 minutes from him on a consistent basis… or just less of a deer in the headlights would help.

  3. Aar
    2:21 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    Like Diallo, Richards needs to have more confidence in himself and just play the game instead of trying to think about what’s he’s doing on the court. The game changed too much for him last season.

  4. ClutchCargo
    2:41 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    How dare Nick Richards be a normal freshman?!

    • Ridge Runner
      2:49 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

      I know what your saying, CC. I really do. The problem is that every year we are freshman heavy and the norm hurts us. It’s not fair to expect more but 5star freshman have to give us 4star minimum performance or our team won’t be successful. It’s not a knock… it’s Kentucky basketball.

  5. Alex90
    2:50 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    All he has to do is be able to catch lobs, rebound and play D without fouling. With his athleticism that shouldn’t be hard. The fact that he’s not expected to do much on this team should help with his confidence this season.

  6. Alex90
    2:51 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    Players that come to UK aren’t normal freshman. By the end if the season he couldn’t even finish a dunk. Literally.

  7. chris43
    8:03 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    He honestly doesn’t need to be a beast this season although it’d be really nice. If he can just be a decent rim protector, rebound good, and catch lobs that’ll be a nice leap for him in year two. His biggest issue seems to be confidence as I truly believe the talent is there.

  8. michaelb
    8:16 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    It’s gonna click for him sooner or later , he just has a few bad habits that need cleaning up al a rebounding the ball with two hands . He’s got a lot to build off of . We won’t be complaining about this guy much longer … I’d bet anything that before it’s over he’s gonna be a first rounder .