On Monday, UK revealed that there would be a special announcement being made at 1:45 pm EST.
Immediately, the imagination of Big Blue Nation ran wild. Could it be new uniforms? Perhaps an announcement that Dontaie Allen would make a his debut this week? Dare I even guess that beer would now be allowed at home games?
When it was time for the special announcement, Nick Richards came to the podium and announced the ‘Pick Nick & Quick’ campaign for postseason honors for himself and Quickley.
Both Richards and Quickley have been playing at an All-American level this season, so it makes sense for UK to start a campaign that endorses both of them for postseason honors like All-SEC picks, SEC Player of the Year, All-American selections, and perhaps even a positional player of the year award. UK is hoping that Quickley and Richards will share Co-SEC Player of the Year honors.
For the season, Quickley is averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game while reaching double-figures in 16 straight games, the longest streak for a UK player since Malik Monk had 30 in the 2016-17 season.
Richards is averaging 14.3 points on 65.6% shooting, a team-high 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He’s reached double-figures in 21 games and has 10 double-doubles on the season.