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Nick Richards and P.J. Washington pick UK (video)

Two new Wildcats on board
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It's become sort of University of Kentucky staple, hasn't it? A top recruit is prepared to declare and because of the #Caleffect, UK fans from across the globe are tuning in to watch.

Sometimes there's hats, sometimes there's a secret haircut (looking at you Nerlens) and sometimes it's just a simple announcement. Big Blue Nation had three such instances yesterday and went 2-3 at their first stab at adding from the Class of 2017.

First up and first to commit was Queens, NY 5-star Center Nick Richards from St. Patrick's.

Richards picked the Wildcats over Arizona and Syracuse.

So who exactly is Nick Richards? He's a beast, but don't take my word for it. Check out a few highlights below.

RIP to the rim. Let's have a moment of silence...

If you still don't believe me, check out his rankings. For the Class of 2017 he's ranked 15th by 247 Sports, 12th by the Mothership aka ESPN, 19th by Rivals and 17th by Scout. Grabbing a talent with New Jersey roots is no new feat for John Calipari and the Wildcats. Richards will join Karl Anthony-Towns, Michael Kid-Gilchrist and Isaiah Briscoe as one the newest top Jersey boys to wear UK blue. Regardless of who leaves next year, the Cats will have a strong man to score in the post and defend it on the other end.

Later in the day, 6 foot 8, 229 pound Power forward from Dallas, TX PJ Washington committed. The Findlay Prep star took to ESPNU to let the country know where he was headed next year...

This commit wasn't exactly too much of a surprise. When it comes to UK, the Wildcats have apparently been in his blood from nearly day one. He talked about that recently in a blog post for USA Today.

"Back in the sixth grade I set three goals: Play for gold with USA Basketball, play at Kentucky and play in the NBA," said Washington. "When it came down to my heart and my goals and what I really wanted it had to be Kentucky."

So who are the Cats getting?! Here's some Washington highlights.

Washington was born in Louisville (we won't hold that against him), but sharpened his basketball skills in Texas. He picked UK over the UNLV Running Rebels and UNC. Washington comes in ranked 16th with ESPN, 15th with 247 Sports, 14th with Scout and 17th with Rivals.

With several of UK's current big men looking at a possible jump to the NBA next year, needless to say, the cupboard won't be bare in the post next year.