Kentucky Hosts Nick Richards, Louis King, Bryce Wills at Barclays Center
Kentucky made a bold move last month when it hosted several top recruits at Madison Square Garden for the Champions Classic.
Among those recruits was Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Quade Green, who decided that same week to sign with Kentucky over Syracuse.
On Sunday, Kentucky continued the trend by hosting several recruits for its blowout win over Hofstra at Barclays Center.
Kentucky signee Nick Richards, the 6-foot-11 big man from The Patrick School, was on hand after also attending the win over Michigan State in the Champions Classic. Richards is part of a four-man class that now includes Green. Both are now targeting additional 2017 recruits such as small forward Kevin Knoxand shooting guard Hamidou Diallo.Louis King, the 6-8 Class of 2018 small forward from Hudson (N.J.) Catholic who also attended the Kentucky-Michigan State game, was also at Barclays Center. Wildcats’ assistant Joel Justus scouted him earlier this fall, but Kentucky has yet to offer. Maryland, Arizona, UConn, Indiana and Seton Hall are among the other schools involved.
“[Kentucky] will come back to visit and attend some games,” King’s mother said.
Bryce Wills, a 6-5 Class of 2019 point guard from Iona Prep (N.Y.), also attended and is now being courted by Kentucky. He holds offers from Maryland, UConn, Temple, Gonzaga and St. John’s, among others.
“Bryce Wills brings a dynamic of high IQ, athleticism and leadership,” PSA Cardinals coach Marc Carter said. “His best years are ahead of him. He’s a nightmare defensively with his length. Once he figures out how to dominate the mid-range game, the sky is the limit.”
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