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Nick Richards wants to play with Mohamed Bamba

Richards said he and Bamba would block shots all day


Some incoming recruits get upset when coaches recruit players at their same position.

That is not the case with incoming Kentucky big man Nick Richards and uncommitted Mohamed Bamba.

Richards said that he would welcome Bamba into Kentucky’s 2017 class and share the frontcourt with him in Lexington next year.

Richards recently told Adam Zagoria that with he and Bamba roaming the paint, there would be a lot of blocked shots.

“Nobody not gonna score any layups if we go to Kentucky,” the 6-foot-11 Richards told Zagoria. “Blocking shots all day, every day.”

Richards has a valid point. With Bamba’s 7’9 wingspan (longer than any currently in the NBA) and Richards’ wingspan measuring in at over 7’3, Kentucky would likely be among the NCAA leaders in blocked shots, especially factoring in the length of guys like P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel.

Bamba is deciding between Kentucky, Duke, Texas, and Michigan. He has not yet set a date for his decision. When asked about recruiting Bamba to Kentucky, Ricardas told Zagoria, “Of course, every day.”

It’s always good to see the incoming recruits try to bring in even more talent, even if it can cost them minutes next season. This group of recruits, like many of Calipari’s classes at Kentucky, continuously shows the ability to personally sacrifice in order to improve their chances of winning.