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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist called Nick Richards to encourage him to go to Kentucky


Yesterday, John Calipari and Tony Barbee traveled to New Jersey to meet with five-star center Nick Richards of St. Patrick’s High School, the alma mater of former Kentucky players Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson. According to Adam Zagoria, MKG has been working those ties between St. Patrick’s and Kentucky, calling Richards to encourage him to pick the Cats. Considering Kentucky is the the frontrunner with 100% of the predictions in the 6’11” big man’s Crystal Ball, I’m sure that was a pretty easy conversation.

What was it like when Calipari and Barbee walked in to the gym at St. Pat’s to meet with Richards and his family?

“When he comes into the building, everything comes to a standstill,” St. Pat’s coach Chris Chavannes told Zagoria. “The faculty, everything comes to a standstill. It’s huge when he comes by here. It’s great for the kids to see him, and it’s great for the young kids to see him. He definitely did stop traffic inside the building and outside the building.”

Come on down, Nick. Sounds like you’re already part of La Familia.

Nick Richards
Center | 6-11 | 235 lbs.
Manhasset, NY | St. Patrick’s
AAU: Expressions Elite
ESPN No. 12 | 5 C Top247 No. 15 | 2 C
Rivals No. 19 Scout No. 17 | 7 C


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4 Comments for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist called Nick Richards to encourage him to go to Kentucky

  1. Angelo
    2:30 pm September 16, 2016 Permalink

    MKG is a great guy.

  2. Stephen
    2:34 pm September 16, 2016 Permalink

    Legitimate Question: What are the rules about non-staff members contacting recruits?

    The reason for my question:

    NCAA spokeswoman Kayci Woodley clearly told us in an email for that story that fans are prohibited from contacting recruits.

    “Fans cannot contact a recruit and attempt to entice them to attend a certain school, as this is a violation of NCAA rules,” read Woodley’s statement. “If a school comes across an instance of this happening, it is expected they would reach out to those athletics personnel, fans and boosters and reinforce the ground rules related to communicating with recruits. This communication outreach would most likely be reported to the NCAA, which would show the school is doing their due diligence to abide by the NCAA rules.”


    • Billy Hill
      3:39 pm September 16, 2016 Permalink

      Man. Could you imagine if prostitutes were used to entice them to attend a certain school?

  3. Rick_S
    2:06 am September 17, 2016 Permalink

    Richards reminds me of another DJ .That’s not a bad thing .Looks like a 2-3 year player to me..for sure not a OAD….imo