By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky sophomore center Nick Richards insists he’ll be more at peace with himself
“Patience is everything,” he said. “I also know what Coach Cal talks about is don’t worry what other people are saying. Just worry about how much better you’re getting. That’s one of the things I’m trying to hopefully improve upon.”
Richards envisions a new role being part of that improvement next season. He can use his personal ups and downs last season as a team leader.
“It’s going to be a hard task for me because I’ve never really taken on a role like that,” he said.
By leader, he’s meaning vocal leader.
“During high school I never really spoke out that much. I guess it’s my personality. In high school I was more of a lead-by-example (person). My coaches and everybody just followed me. Just look what I’m doing and here we are,” he said.
The 6-foot-11 Richards averaged 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 14.7 minutes as a freshman last season. Richards scored two or fewer points in each of Kentucky’s final 10 games last season. In that span, he played single-digit minutes in all but one game.