Richards, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound center, attends The Patrick School (Elizabeth, NJ). He's currently ranked as the 7th-best center in the class of 2017.
"Yeah, I'm looking forward to that," Richards told Adam Zagoria. "They've [Syracuse] been recruiting me hard since summer and I'm very excited about that."
"I'll probably wait until my senior year [to focus on recruiting]," he said.
Richards was held to only 2 points on Wednesday evening against Roselle Catholic (NJ). He faced 2018 five-star Nazreon Reid, who is also a Syracuse target. Reid finished with 8 points, but St. Pat's won 46-38.
Zagoria points out that Nick is only in his third year of organized basketball, which makes his offensive game very raw. He relies on his size, length and athleticism to get by -- grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and running the floor.
When coach Autry visits Richards on Saturday, he'll see the rematch between the two schools, but this time it will be played at Roselle Catholic.
Autry will get a chance to watch Richards, Reid and 2017 forward Andre Rafus, who attends RC. Rafus is an athletic 2017 forward with a natural ability to score. He doesn't have an offer from the Orange yet, but he attended SU's elite camp in August and remains very interested.
Coach will likely depart for New Jersey immediately following SU's game against Georgia Tech, which is a 12:00 p.m. ET tip off at the Carrier Dome.