If you read between the lines of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting this summer, then you should consider five-star center Nick Richards high on John Calipari’s wish list. Not only has Cal backed off fellow big man Wendell Carter, he’s been keeping close tabs on Richards, who included Kentucky in his top five this week, along with Arizona, UConn, Syracuse, and Indiana. Calipari watched Richards and his teammate Tremont Waters at the Fab 48 Tournament in Las Vegas this week, and Richards told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello he’s feeling the love from the Cats.
“Syracuse, UConn and Kentucky have been coming for me the most, to be honest,” Richards said.
Borzello agreed that Kentucky could be moving into a very good spot with Richards.
“There’s been talk behind the scenes for a while that Kentucky could be the favorite if the Wildcats make him a priority, and Calipari could make a move for him if it looks like Carter and Bamba are Duke-bound and Ayton goes to Kansas,” Borzello said.
Don’t look for a decision anytime soon. Richards told Borzello he plans to take all five of his official visits the fall and then weigh his options. Right now, Kentucky has 100% of the predictions in his Crystal Ball.
Let’s enjoy some highlights, shall we?
Center | 6-11 | 235 lbs.
Manhasset, NY | St. Patrick’s
AAU: Expressions Elite
|ESPN||No. 8 | 3 C||Top247||No. 13 | 2 C|
|Rivals||No. 21 | 5 C||Scout||No. 31 | 8 C|