Diallo, Richards excited for Saturday’s homecoming

Hamidou Diallo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Kentucky plays Monmouth Saturday afternoon in Madison Square Garden in what will be a homecoming of sorts for freshmen Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards.

Here is what the two players said about that after today’s practice:

Hamidou Diallo, RS Fr, G

On going back home …
“It’s going to be great. I haven’t played there in a long time. It’s just going to be a great experience to see all who’s coming out. I’ve got a lot of family coming that haven’t seen me play in person in a long time. It’s going to be a great atmosphere because Monmouth has a couple of New York guys on their team as well. It’s just going to be a great atmosphere and I’m going to enjoy it.”

On what it will be like to play in Madison Square Garden as a New York native …
“It’s different. I’ve never played in the Garden. It’s every kid’s dream who’s from New York to play there. I’m just going to go out there and treat it like it’s another game.

Nick Richards, Fr., F

On going back home …
“It’s going to be a great experience. It’s going to be a great experience just to play at MSG in front of friends and family who have supported me throughout the years playing basketball. I think this is one way of me giving back to that community is just showing out for them.”

On playing against former high school teammate Marcus McClary …
“It’s going to be the same as when I played against Harvard when I played against (former high school teammate) Bryce Aiken. You’re friends off the court and after the game and right before the game, but we’re going to compete as basketball players during the game.”

 

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