ESPN’s Jeff Borzello is reporting that Nick Richards has trimmed his list to five schools. The list includes the Syracuse Orange along with UConn, Indiana, Arizona, and Kentucky. Richards is a 6-foot 11 inch center in the Class of 2017. ESPN ranks Richards as the eighth overall prospect in his class.
Richards discussed the schools that are going after him the hardest:
“Syracuse, UConn and Kentucky have been coming for me the most, to be honest,” Richards said.
The Queens, NY native plays for The Patrick School in New Jersey, a Catholic school that plays in one of the toughest high school basketball leagues in the country. Richards averaged 12.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the well-respected Peach Jam AAU tournament.
The lengthy center would be an ideal fit in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and a great rim protector. Richards is also a tremendous rebounder and is active on the glass getting second chance points. This makes up for his offense, which has not fully developed.
Syracuse has yet to receive a commitment in the Class of 2017. The Orange will have at least six open scholarships they can fill in 2017. A commitment from Richards would be great for the Orange and would set up a very high profile recruiting class.
Richards unofficially visited the Syracuse campus back in June and you might see him back on the campus in the fall or winter.