Looking for something to do this morning? Turn on ESPNU in about 30 minutes, because future Cat Nick Richards is about to play in the Hoophall Classic. Richards’ St. Patrick’s will take on Duke signee Wendell Carter’s Pace Academy at 11 a.m., a showdown of two of the premiere big men in the 2017 class. At 3 p.m., you can watch the best player in the 2019 class, RJ Barrett, and at 5 p.m., the top player in the 2018 class, Marvin Bagley. John Calipari watched both Bagley and Barrett play on Thursday night in Springfield Missouri.
If you really want to spend today scouting, here’s the full Hoophall Classic schedule:
- 11:00 a.m. — The Patrick School (NJ, No. 12 2017 Nick Richards) vs. Pace Academy (GA, No. 3 2017 Wendell Carter)
- 1:00 p.m. — Oak Hill Academy (VA, No. 19 2017 Billy Preston) vs. Nathan Hale (WA, No. 2 2017 Michael Porter Jr.)
- 3:00 p.m. — Montverde Academy (FL, No. 1 2019 R.J. Barrett) vs. Bishop Montgomery (CA, No. 51 2017 Ethan Thompson)
- 5:00 p.m. — La Lumiere (IN, No. 13 2017 Brian Bowen) vs. Sierra Canyon (CA, No. 1 2018 Marvin Bagley)
- 7:00 p.m. — Central vs. Hillhouse (CT)
Yesterday, Richards was one of four future Kentucky players named to the McDonald’s All-American Game. His highlights will show you why: