Ashton Hagans offered a much more encouraging update on Richards’ status:
.@H23Ash talks about @iamnickrichards rolled ankle, UK’s fast start and how he turned up the defensive pressure to lead the Cats to an exhibition win over Georgetown College tonight at Rupp Arena. #BBN @ASeaOfBlue pic.twitter.com/0TiWh2fGoK— Greg Goins (@SeaofBlueUK) October 28, 2019
That certainly makes it sounds like it’s not going to be a long-term issue, but with the season-opener just over a week away, it’s going to difficult for Richards to be ready for Michigan State.
After the game, head coach John Calipari offered a minor update, saying Richards’ ankle was swollen but is unsure how long the junior center will be out.
Cal on Nick Richards' injury. "It's swelled up. Jimmy Dykes said he rolled it pretty good." Cal says he hasn't talk to anyone yet about it.— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) October 27, 2019
I imagine we’ll know the full extent of the injury sometime tomorrow.
The Kentucky Wildcats cannot afford another injury, especially in the frontcourt.
So of course, it took just one exhibition game for that to happen, as Nick Richards sustained an ankle injury vs. Georgetown College.
The injury came when Richards was attempting to contest a Georgetown shooter and turned his ankle coming down.
After being on the ground for about a minute, Richards had to be helped off and walked off the court very slowly as he entered the locker room for further testing.
Nick Richards ankle roll. pic.twitter.com/K9Uk1kk5Mm— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 27, 2019
Kentucky has since announced that Richards will not return to the game. Hopefully this is nothing serious and the team is just being precautious, but it will put his status for Game 1 in doubt, as Kentucky will play Michigan State one week from Tuesday.
If Richards is out, Kentucky is left with EJ Montgomery, Keion Brooks, Nate Sestina and Ben Jordan in the frontcourt, though I imagine we’d see Kahlil Whitney start playing there more.
We will update this story if anymore details come out...