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LOOK: Nick Richards visits Coach Cal and debuts new haircut

Photo via @UKCoachCalipari Twitter

Fresh off his rookie season as a Charlotte Hornet, former Wildcat Nick Richards returned to Lexington yesterday and paid a visit to his old stomping grounds.

Coach Cal tweeted out a tribute to the 7-footer who broke out as a junior at UK, complimenting his work ethic as a Wildcat and noting Richards’ new hairstyle.

Richards saw limited action in his first NBA season but flashed in the G-League. The 23-year-old was quite productive in his nine games with the Greensboro Swarm, averaging a double-double with 17 points per game and 10.3 rebounds.

He eventually managed to crack the Hornets roster for 18 games, but a crowded depth chart limited his playing time. Regardless, there’s plenty to be excited about with Richards’ future, especially considering the exciting young core Charlotte is building with the likes of LaMelo Ball and fellow Wildcat PJ Washington.

He recently joined Sam Farber of the Hornet’s Hive podcast to reminisce on his rookie year and discuss his expectations heading into the offseason. They also dive into the draft-day trade that sent him to Charlotte and detail his experience handling all of this season’s unique COVID restrictions.

If there’s one thing we learned about Richards during his time at UK, it’s that he gets better with age. Given a full offseason and summer camp heading into his sophomore campaign, Farber believes Richards can carve himself a role in next year’s Hornets team, and I’m sure BBN couldn’t agree more.

Article written by Ty Schadt

5 Comments for LOOK: Nick Richards visits Coach Cal and debuts new haircut

  1. 4evrUKBlue
    11:27 am June 20, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome home Nick!

  2. BobbyBlue
    12:37 pm June 20, 2021 Permalink

    Nick gave his all yo the team and BBN— I wish him well, going forward in his NBA career.

  3. RexRox
    12:45 pm June 20, 2021 Permalink

    Happy to see Nick doing well. Did things the right way. One of my favorites under Cal.

  4. UKFanSC
    1:27 pm June 20, 2021 Permalink

    Looking good Nick !! Welcome back

  5. MississippiBlue
    2:39 pm June 20, 2021 Permalink

    I hate his last season ended without a tournament run due to COVID, but I’m thankful for everything he gave to the BBN.