Nick Richards, a 6’ 11” center who plays for the The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Thursday. Richards previously trimmed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse and Arizona.
Richards is a consensus five star recruit across the board and ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2017 by ESPN. Although Syracuse made Richards’ final three, Kentucky had long been considered the heavy favorite to land the highly-recruited center.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels praised Richards while speaking with Kentucky.com, describing the big man as a vital piece to Kentucky’s 2017 team.
“He brings a defensive presence,” Daniels said. “He’s a guy that rebounds his area really well. He plays with toughness. He’s physical. He finishes off plays around the rim. This is a talented post player who can really help them on that end of the floor.”
Richards averaged 12.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks at the Peach Jam AAU tournament this past summer.
After losing out on Richards, the Orange remain without a 2017 commit. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and his staff will now turn their focus to Quade Green, a five star point guard from Philadelphia who is ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.
Green is set to make his announcement next Saturday, November 19, and will decide between Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, Villanova and Temple. Green was previously on campus for Orange Madness.