Kentucky's frontcourt depth for 2019-20 improved this afternoon with the announcement that Nick Richards would be returning to school. Richards had been testing the NBA Draft waters.
A five-star recruit and the No. 2 center in the 2017 class, Richards hasn't established himself through two seasons in Lexington. After starting all 37 games as a true freshman, he made only three starts in 37 appearances this past season.
In 74 career games, the 6-foot-11 Richards is averaging 4.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest. He'll be counted on extensively next year, as he and Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina will be UK's primary players up front.
The Wildcats are still waiting on decisions from rising sophomore E.J. Montgomery and Virginia Tech grad transfer Kerry Blackshear.
Here's Richards' announcement video, which he dropped on Instagram.
Kentucky is coming off a 30-7 season and an Elite Eight appearance. The Wildcats fell one game short of the Final Four, losing to Auburn in overtime in the Midwest Regional Final.
Kentucky has made seven Elite Eights in the John Calipari era.