Richards, of Elizabeth (N.J.) The Patrick School, picked the Wildcats over Syracuse and Arizona.
Richards took an official visit to Kentucky the weekend of October 1st. Although he didn’t take any other officials, he did visit Syracuse unofficially.
This marks the first verbal commitment of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class. The Wildcats are, however, also expected to reel in five-star forward P.J. Washington later in the day.
Over the summer, Richards played for Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. Through 22 games in the competitive league, Richards averaged 12 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.
A five-star prospect, Richards ranks as the No. 17 overall prospect and the No. 7 center in the 2017 class.