John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats staff have been on a hot streak in the recruiting game as of late.
With commitments from Jayden Quaintance, Travis Perry, and Boogie Fland, Coach Cal has now secured another commitment from a key player in the 2024 class.
According to Shams Charania, 5-star wing Billy Richmond has committed to Kentucky. Richmond chose the Cats over Memphis, Alabama, and LSU. He also held offers from Kansas, Texas, UCONN, Michigan, and several others.
Five-star recruit Billy Richmond of Camden, NJ., makes college decision among Alabama, Kentucky, LSU and Memphis: pic.twitter.com/PP9IfFXzIF— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 21, 2023
A 6-foot-5 and 200-pound small forward, Richmond continues the Camden to Lexington pipeline, joining Lance Ware, DJ Wagner, and Aaron Bradshaw as players from the stacked New Jersey high school to choose Kentucky.
Besides the pipeline, Richmond also has a family connection, as his father (Billy Richmond) played for Coach Calipari during his time at Memphis. Now his son will play for the Hall-of-Fame coach as well.
On the floor, Richmond fits the mold of wings Coach Cal has had success with. An extremely athletic player, with the ability to get to the rim and finish through contact. Add in the ability to get up the floor and transition, and Richmond fits perfectly into the new style of basketball that the Cats have shown to this point in the season.
If he can continue to develop his outside shooting, then Richmond could make a push to climb up these rankings during his senior season. He is currently a 5-star player ranked No. 23 overall by 247 Sports Composite.
Richmond is a big and athletic lefty wing with developing guard skills. He’s highly competitive and plays with a high-motor and attacking mentality. Athletically, he runs very well, is an explosive leaper, and can rise-up through contact with a lot of sheer force. He has a naturally stronger frame, in both his upper and lower body, and plenty of room to keep adding muscle. He plays a drive-first style with the ball in his hands. He gets downhill extremely well when driving to his dominant left side, is a constant threat to make a big play in transition, and capable of finishing with a variety of power, explosiveness, and touch. He’s now creating for others at an increasingly frequent rate, but can be a bit turnover prone in the process. While he’s a little more controlled, and less dynamic, with the ball in his right hand, the biggest inconsistency in his skill-set is his outside shooting. He converted just 25% of his three-point attempts in the EYBL regular season and can be reluctant to take open shots. He has a naturally harder ball and some red-flags in his mechanics, but is more comfortable shooting off the dribble than the catch. Defensively, he utilizes his physical tools and competitiveness to be a playmaker, both on and off the ball, but may not necessarily have as much length as advertised. He’s also a solid wing rebounder who likes to take the ball off the glass and start the break himself.
With his commitment, Richmond becomes the fifth player for Kentucky in the class of 2024 joining Quaintance, Fland, Perry, and Somto Cyril.
Welcome to the BBN, Billy!