MBB vs Abilene Christian NCAA

Kentucky sophomore forward Nick Richards warms up prior to the game against Abilene Christian in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019, at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Kentucky won 79-44. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

University of Kentucky basketball forward Nick Richards has just announced that he will be returning for his junior season as a Wildcat after testing the NBA waters. The Jamaica native announced his decision on social media Tuesday afternoon.

“First off, I want to thank God, the man up above, for without him I couldn’t do any of this,” Richards said on Instagram. “Next, I want to thank my family: my mom, my aunt, my sister (and) my brothers. I want to thank my teammates and the coaching staff, for without them I wouldn’t be here. They pushed me in the right direction that I needed to be to where I am today. These past two years have been the best of my life. It’s been an incredible experience. I’ve learned a lot, but the job’s not done yet. BBN, are you ready for year three?"

In 2018-19, Richards led the team in blocks with 47.