Nick Richards
Team: , HS Senior
PhysicalsPositions Misc
H: 6' 11"
W: 231 lbs
Bday: 11/29/1997
(19 Years Old)
Current: C
NBA:   
Possible:
High School: Patrick School
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Elite 24NA6' 11"2317' 3"NANANANA
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA6' 11"2317' 3"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 11.5"2277' 2"NANANANA
2015Nike Elite 1006' 9"NA2277' 0"NANANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Elite 24NA6' 11"2317' 3"NANANANA
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA6' 11"2317' 3"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 11.5"2277' 2"NANANANA
2015Nike Elite 1006' 9"NA2277' 0"NANANANA

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2016 Elite 24 Interviews: Nick Richards and Hamidou Diallo
August 19, 2016

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Nike Global Challenge Scouting Reports: Centers
July 28, 2015

Nick Richards, 7' 0, C, Queens, New York, 2017 High School Class

Queens native and 2017 high school prospect Nick Richards' long-term future is bright thanks to his ability to do four simple things protect the basket, rebound, rim-run, and finish.

Richards doesn't have a flashy game. He plays five feet and in, and lacks a mid-range jumper or really any semblance of a post game. But he has those four key factors down pat, and with a strong frame, a 7' 2 wingspan and above average athleticism, he possesses the tools and necessary skills to have a long professional career.

Richards finished the tournament averaging 18.4 points, 13.5 rebounds (6.1 offensive), and 3.7 blocks per 40 minutes pace adjusted on 68% from the field and 44% from the line. Richards did most of his damage on the defensive end, where he protected the rim by way of good timing and impressive leaping ability from a standstill. With a strong upper body and fairly thin lower body, Richards did a solid job defending the post and holding his own on the block. He got moved by some of the stronger bigs at the tournament, but was able to bail himself out thanks to his quick first jump and solid length.

Perhaps more impressive than his interior defense was Richards' potential as a pick and roll defender. He isn't perfect fundamentally, and has a tendency to get in foul trouble easily, but most 7-footers aren't supposed to move the way Richards does. He's unbelievably light on his feet, can hedge and recover, contain, or switch screens and contest. All in all Richards has the tools to be a complete defender, which every college and NBA team is looking for at the center spot.

Offensively, Richards is more or less a rim runner, offensive rebounder and dunker at this stage. He runs the floor like a wing and plays with a solid motor on the offensive end. Richards puts constant pressure on defenders to put a body on him with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Although his hands can be hit or miss, Richards is a quick leaper who doesn't need much time or room to gather. He hammered home a couple of highlight dunks, and should be able to finish over length with relative ease in college and beyond.

Outside of rim runs, put backs, and dunks, however, Richards is very limited offensively. He lacks touch, feel, and any sort of post game. He air-balled at least one jump hook versus length, and is very uncomfortable catching in traffic. Richards' footwork is rigid and he doesn't think the game all that quickly, something that should improve with more experience. Richards also struggles from the free throw line, sporting a fairly mechanical stroke in which the ball oftentimes barely gets above the rim.

Richards may never be a prolific offensive threat, but he's a ready contributor in some of the main areas that coaches are looking for out of a center and defensive anchor. It will be interesting to see if the rest of Richards' game can catch up with his already high-level skills.

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