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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

HILLSIDE, N.J. -- Nick Richards, the 6-foot-11 big man from St. Patrick's High School, enjoyed his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend and will return to the campus in two weeks for Big Blue Madness.

Richards also plans to visit Arizona and Syracuse in the coming weeks as he heads toward a college decision.

"[Kentucky] was cool, I liked it," Richards told me Tuesday before an open gym. "I got to watch two practices and it was pretty fun. I got to talk to talk to all the coaches, they showed a lot of interest in me. It was a fun visit overall."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

HILLSIDE, N.J. -- John Calipari has enjoyed great recruiting success in the state of New Jersey in recent years, landing Isaiah Briscoe, Karl-Anthony Towns, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson during his time at Kentucky.

Now the Kentucky coach is laser-focused on 6-foot-11 big man Nick Richards, who plays at St. Patrick's, the New Jersey power that produced both Kidd-Gilchrist and Johnson as well as current NBA champion Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On Thursday afternoon, before heading to enjoy the Jersey Shore for a few days, Calipari was at St. Pat's along with assistant Tony Barbee to meet with Richards and his family, a visit first reported by SNY.tv.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

After seeing guards Hamidou Diallo, Tremont Waters and Lonnie Walker this week, Kentucky coach John Calipari will watch Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's big man Nick Richards and have a home visit with him on Thursday, a source said.

Calipari visited Richards twice this year at St. Patrick's, a school where the Kentucky coach has found a lot of success. The Wildcats snagged guards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson from the New Jersey Catholic powerhouse that also produced former Duke star Kyrie Irving.

"They don't call me, they call me family," Richards said last month at the Elite 24 Game. "They can make me better as a person. They can make me better in basketball and my overall personality as a person, to be honest."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK -- Playing in front of some 50 credentialed NBA personnel, Nick Richards has been impressive during the first two days of Under Armour Elite 24 practices.

"[Thursday] was better, I could've done better [Friday] but now I just gotta get ready for the main game," the 6-foot-11 Richards out of St. Patrick's High School told SNY.tv of Saturday's nationally televised contest (ESPNU, 7:30).

Richards competed on the Nike EYBL circuit with Expressions Elite but wanted to play in the Under Armour game for something new.

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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NEW YORK -- With some 50 NBA personnel credentialed for the Under Armour Elite 24, Class of 2017 stars Trevon Duval, Nick Richards and Jahvon Quinerly were among those who stood out during Thursday's practice at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx.

The 6-foot-3 Duval from the WE-R1 AAU program is the face of the Under Armour Association and arguably the biggest name in the game. He has yet to pick a high school for the upcoming school year, and is considering Maryland, UCLA, Villanova, Kansas, Oregon, Arizona and Cal, among others.

"Yeah, he can really play," former Kentucky and NBA star Jamal Mashburn, who will coach the Clutch (White) team in Saturday's game against Duval's Drive (Dark) team, told SNY.tv. "I think he's an excellent player. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, and I told him I didn't even watch him shoot the ball."

Tags: Jahvon Quinerly, Nick Richards, Trevon Duval, Adam Zagoria
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 (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)
(Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

Kentucky continues to target Nick Richards as one of its top priorities in the Class of 2017.

"Cal's probably done more in-person visits than anyone else with Nick," St. Pat's coach Chris Chavannes said of Kentucky coach John Calipari Wednesday on The 4 Quarters Podcast.

The 6-foot-11 Richards told SNY.tv last week that Calipari speaks with his family once or twice a week, and that he hopes to visit the campus this summer.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK -- Nick Richards, a 6-foot-11 center from The Patrick School (N.J.), said Kentucky head coach John Calipari calls his family about once or twice a week.

Richards is ranked No. 8 on the ESPN Top 100 recruits for the Class of 2017. He's received offers from Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Oklahoma, to name a few.

Still, he said he hasn't given any school the upper hand yet.

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NEW YORK -- Kentucky's John Calipari, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and UConn's Kevin Ollie were among the coaches on hand on Saturday at the Nike EYBL stop in Brooklyn to watch Nick Richards, the 6-foot-11 big man from Expressions Elite.

Richards is looking to cut his list soon.

"I'll probably announce my final eight by the end of this session," he said. "I'm thinking about it [by Sunday], I'm not sure right now."

Tags: Nick Richards, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

A few days after losing to Indiana in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky coach John Calipari traveled to New Jersey to watch 2017 St. Patrick's big man Nick Richards and 2018 Roselle Catholic big man Naz Reid.

Calipari saw the 6-foot-11 Richards on Monday at St. Pat's and the 6-9 Reiz on Tuesday at Roselle Catholic. Kentucky has already offered Richards, but has yet to offer Reid.

Seton Hall associate head coach Shaheen Holloway also saw Reid on Tuesday, as first reported by Andrew Slater of 247Sports.com.

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 (MUSTAFA HOOTEN )
(MUSTAFA HOOTEN )

UNION, N.J. -- Many high-majors have already reached out to Roselle Catholic's Nate Pierre-Louis, with his list of suitors only growing larger as the Class of 2017, 6-foot-3 point guard continues to play like he did Wednesday night in the Union County Tournament semifinals.

Pierre-Louis, who said postgame that Kansas is the latest to express interest, scored 10 of his team-high 13 points after halftime in Roselle Catholic's 56-46 win over Linden, advancing the Lions to the Union County final against The Patrick School on Saturday night back at Kean University.

It will be the third meeting this season between the two Non-Public B powerhouses, who have already split a pair of games and could meet a fourth time in the South Non-Public B semifinals in March. The Patrick School is ranked No. 2 in New Jersey by NJ.com, while Roselle Catholic is No. 4.

Tags: Mike McCurry, Nate Pierre-Louis, Naz Reid, Nick Richards, Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's
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RAHWAY, N.J. -- Entering Wednesday's big tilt with Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's junior guard Marcus McClary was averaging just 5 points a game.

Celtics coach Mike Rice said he'd be happy if the 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard scored 10 a game.

On this night he went off for 20 points -- including his team's first 12 -- as St. Pat's took care of Roselle Catholic, 46-38, in front of a packed house at Rahway High School.

Tags: Nick Richards, Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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 (MUSTAFA HOOTEN )
(MUSTAFA HOOTEN )

There are three heavy favorites to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in March: St. Anthony's, St. Patrick's and Roselle Catholic.

Two of those "Big Three" will meet in the span of four days when St. Pat's (10-3) and Roselle Catholic (10-3) essentially play a home-and-home series on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.) at Rahway High School (where St. Pat's plays its home games) and on Saturday night at Roselle Catholic (7 p.m.).

By Saturday night, fans of Garden State high school hoops may have a clearer picture of where the TOC favorites stand, although St. Anthony's already owns a 60-56 win over St. Pat's at the Dan Finn Classic and remains unbeaten on the season. The Friars are ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today.

Tags: Andre Rafus, Mike Rice, Naz Reid, Nick Richards, Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

UNION, N.J. -- During St. Anthony's 88-27 destruction of Red Bank Catholic on Sunday at Kean University's Harwood Arena, Mike Rice sat courtside alongside several other college coaches.

Whereas a couple of years ago, Rice might have been scouting St. Anthony's in order to recruit players for the Rutgers men's basketball team, now he was scouting them in a new role.

As the coach of The Patrick School, Rice will go head-to-head with his friend, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, and his team on Saturday afternoon in the Dan Finn Classic at the Jersey City Armory.

Tags: Daniel Mading, Mike Rice, Nick Richards, St. Anthony's, St. Patrick's
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Brewster (N.H.) Academy power forward Taurean Thompson took in several schools over the weekend.

The 6-foot-10 Thompson stopped by Seton Hall on Friday for practice and then attended Georgetown's 77-47 blowout of Bryant on Saturday at the Verizon Center. Thompson and his mother, Sherese, also took a brief tour of campus.

Tags: Nick Richards, Recruiting, Seton Hall, St. John's, Taurean Thompson, Adam Zagoria
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