Former Kentucky big man Nick Richards has been selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Drew Franklin rejoice! Richards has reportedly been sent to the Charlotte Hornets.
The center elected to declare for the draft after three seasons with the Wildcats. Richards is the third former ‘Cat who was selected on Wednesday night, coming in after Tyrese Maxey (No. 21 to the Philadelphia 76ers) and Immanuel Quickley (No. 25 to New York Knicks via OKC Thunder).
Pelicans are targeting Nick Richards at No. 42, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
It wasn’t a perfect start to his career in Lexington, but Richards slowly became a fan-favorite player by the time he left campus. As a junior, he finally broke out as a star player, averaging 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting over 64 percent from the field. He went from a role player during his first two seasons to an All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Defensive Team performer as a junior.
The native of Jamacia led Kentucky throughout the 2019-20 season in rebounds, blocks, and shooting percentage. Richards’ 64.4 shooting percentage was tops in the SEC and fourth-best in the entire country. He ends his career at Kentucky with 771 total points and 527 total rebounds.
BIG congratulations to Nick!