Richards is fourth Kentucky player to enter NBA draft

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and give up his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.

The six-foot-11 junior is the fourth Wildcats starter to turn pro. He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches.

His per-game scoring average increased 10 points from his sophomore season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats (25-6) earn the SEC regular-season title before the post-season was cancelled because of the new coronavirus.

Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64 per cent and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.