NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Five-star center Nick Richards probably isn’t anywhere close to making his college decision, but Kentucky is in solid early position with the 6-foot-11, 235-pound Queens, N.Y., native.
“They basically call my family every other day now,” Richards said Friday at Nike’s Peach Jam, where he averaged 12.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks through four games. “I like their program. They’ve proven that they can get you ready for the next level.”
Richards, ranked as high as No. 8 overall in the Class of 2017 (by ESPN) and no lower than No. 31 (by Scout.com), said Kentucky, Indiana, Syracuse, Connecticut and Arizona are recruiting him the hardest. He hopes to start setting up some official visits by the end of the summer.
“I don’t really know when I’m going to make a decision,” he said. “It could be early, could be late, but most likely going to be late, to be honest.”
That seems to be a trend with several elite prospects in 2017. Many will wait until the spring signing period to decide, leaving schools (and fan bases) stressing about filling out next season’s rosters.
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