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The New Orleans Pelicans draft Nick Richards with the No. 42 overall pick, traded to Hornets

(Troy Taormina/USA Today)

(Troy Taormina/USA Today)

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).

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!

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for The New Orleans Pelicans draft Nick Richards with the No. 42 overall pick, traded to Hornets

  1. EastKY-BlueBlood
    11:49 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    Congrats BIG NICK!! L’s DOWN FOREVER!! Jokes aside, 1 of the best high character kids to come through during the Calipari era. Also this past season, with the team being led by Nick and Quickley, 2 guys who went from barely no production and spot mins, to SEC Player of the Year, and Richards at one point was the leading candidate for SEC player of the year. No better feel good story than to win the league outright, being led by 2 guys who came back, improved, and now were drafted in spots higher than anyone would ever thought possible just over a year ago. Both were 2 of the most likeable kids ever, and it’s good to see good kids that put in the hard work, having it pay off!

    BTW, Coach Cal can’t develop players! LOL These 2 were both 5-star recruits. Who I think people will agree, was based more on potential and not what they were coming in. But the old adage that these kids that are McDonald’s All-Americans and 5-stars are going to be drafted in the same place regardless of where they go, is the most ignorant of statements! They had to learn how to fight, and I mean mentally on the and off the court. Whether it be fighting to stay positive and wrk hard in the everyday grind of practice when your minutes aren’t there. Learning to fight and handle the adversity from off court chatter, that you are a bust , or from those in and around your circle telling you, that you should leave, bc u should be the one doing this or that, getting so and so’s mins instead.. As well as the mental part of suddenly realizing early on, while ur other incoming friends & teammates r shining, and u are not reaching those same sudden expectations that come with I’m sure almost every high rated kid had envisioned when coming to Kentucky or any other blue blood program.. Esp with those types of rankings and accolades beside their names. The courage, humility and desire to stay tough, and NOT take their ball and go home, like some other kids, as soon as things don’t go ur way.. But persevering and turning into a late 1st-rd pk and a early 2nd, after helping to lead the most storied and all-time winningest program in all of college basketball history to another sec title! #BBN #UK4EVER #UKfor9!

    • runningunnin.454
      12:34 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

      I think you’re talking about Kahlil Whitney there; and, you’re right. Happy for Nick.

  2. StuckinLville
    12:29 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    I see Devon Dotson didn’t get drafted which surprises me. I feel for the guy but at the same time, that’s what he gets for having Natty Champs 2020 stitched into his jacket. With that said, I really don’t get the NBA’s love affair with these foreign players. Yeah some work out, but most of the time they don’t.

  3. UKFanSC
    7:19 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Charlotte……. where all Kentucky players go to die.

  4. TBW3011
    10:21 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Good pick. He’s better than a lot of guys who went in the top 20. Easily the worst draft I’ve ever seen

  5. CJKAssassin123
    12:36 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

    He is reunited with PJ Washington!