Elite 4-star SF Billy Richmond decommits from Kentucky

On3 imageby:Hunter Shelton04/16/24


Memphis native and Camden (N.J.) four-star small forward Billy Richmond has decommitted from Kentucky.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder is the latest to back off of his pledge to the Wildcats following the departure of head coach John Calipari, who left Lexington for the same position at Arkansas.

Richmond is the No. 24 overall prospect and No. 9 SF in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

He was pledged to Kentucky since Dec. 21 and was the latest addition to the class, which at one point ranked No. 2 in the nation. Richmond, a Calipari legacy recruit, chose UK over Alabama, Memphis and LSU. His father, also named Billy Richmond, played for Calipari at Memphis during the early 2000s.

Other departures for Kentucky’s 2024 class include Raleigh (N.C.) Word Of God Christian Academy Five-Star Plus+ center Jayden Quaintance and Riverview (Fla.) Overtime Elite four-star small forward Karter Knox.

Billy Richmond Scouting Summary

“Billy Richmond is a connecting forward prospect. Standing at a lengthy 6-6, he has a projectable frame that should continue to add weight and not lose fluidity or explosion. He is a good passer, sees the floor well and properly weight passes at multiple levels. The jump shot needs work as it is flat and the shot load is inconsistent. Richmond puts pressure on the rim from the wing. He can quickly turn defense into offense with his anticipation and aggression in the passing lanes. A switchable defender able to guard on the ball or slide down to defend bigger forwards. He moves the ball well and looks to punish the rim in transition. The jump shot will need development.”