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5-Star C Nick Richards Commits To Kentucky

5-star center Nick Richards committed to Kentucky.

Nick Richards, a 5-star center from New York, is the first Class of 2017 commitment for John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats.

According to 247Sports, Richards is the No. 2 center in the 2017 class, and the No. 1 overall player in the state of New York. Richards chose the Wildcats over Syracuse and Arizona.

In a conversation with ESPN, Richards gave his reasoning for choosing to play for Calipari:

"The reason is that I wanted to play at the highest level, and Kentucky always said that they are the highest level in college basketball."

Calipari is known for turning high school talents into productive college basketball players and even more, into NBA stars. Former Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis has been dominating the NBA this season, although his Pelicans are still searching for their first win.

Other Kentucky centers that are currently playing in the NBA are DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves).