BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Nicholas Richards

Class of 2017 post Nicholas Richards of Queens, N.Y., is one of the elite big men nationally. Read why on his #BCSReport Player Card. Photo card - Jon Lopez/Nike

Class of 2017 post Nicholas Richards of Queens, N.Y., is one of the elite big men nationally. Read why on his #BCSReport Player Card. Photo card – Jon Lopez/Nike


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Nike Elite 100. St. Louis.Nicholas Richards (Queens, N.Y.), The Patrick School / Expressions Elite
Height: 6’10”

Position: Center
Committed College: Undecided
Star Grade:
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By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB

Date: January 18, 2016
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Hoop Hall Classic (Springfield, Mass.)

Richards has all the skills to be a high producer at the next level. He plays a lot facing the basket, but also does a good job of running in transition. He did a good job of contesting shots in the paint. He finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds. He seems to all the tools, but does not affect the game consistently at this moment.

Date: June 18, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Richards is a post who has a great frame and projects as a solid hi-lo option. He will rebound in his area, but he struggled to finish in traffic and through contact.

Date: June 18, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Richards showed that he can compete with some of the stronger post players like Zach Brown and Udoka Azubuike. He would be a nice compliment given his style / build to either one of those two in the middle. Richards displayed a soft touch around the rim.

Date: May 23, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Richards played limited minutes in this eval after injuring his hamstring. Before going out, Richards showed a nice combination of size and physical ability.

Date: June 14, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Elite 100 Camp (St. Louis, Mo.)

Richards has a build and a style of play similar to Ivan Rabb (CA-15). He made a nice read on the interior with an in and out kick off of the wing double down. Richards isn’t a primary scorer based on this eval but he has all of the tools to be a top flight forward.

Highlights of Richards courtesy of Courtside Films

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Brandon-Clay-Bio-2Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and serves on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors. He is also the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com

Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB