A quick point guard who sees the floor and defends well, Ricks is the favorite to take over the team's point guard duties on a full-time basis in 2010-11 ... He came off the bench in 33 of 36 games a year ago and led the team in free throw attempts (133), despite playing less than 19 minutes a game ... Ricks has picked up his defensive game even more in the off-season and slimmed down to 189 pounds in the preseason which will only help the Bears' backcourt success ... Can also get to the rim and collect rebounds, finishing fourth on the squad a year ago.
Started 3 games and earned just under 19 minutes per game for the season, finishing first on the team in free throw attempts (133), second in free throws (96) and second in assists (96) ... Was also fifth on the team in scoring (7.4) and fourth in rebounds (2.9) ... 2009-10 Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench Team pick ... Also named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-Defensive Team ... Finished 7th in the MVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5:1) and 14th in assists (2.7), despite starting just three games all season ... Scored 13 points and had 5 assists in CIT finals vs. Pacific (3/30/10) and finished tourney with 19 assists and 49 points ... Had team-highs in points (15) and assists (5) in CIT semifinal win over Creighton (3/24/10) in his second start, helping him earn Coors Player of the Week honors ... Earned first start of the season vs. Louisiana Tech (3/22/10) in CIT quarterfinals and was 6-for-6 at the line with 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds ... Notched game-high 5 assists in CIT win over Middle Tennessee (3/17/10) with 8 points ... Was 6-for-6 at the FT line with 16 points in MVC Tournament (3/4 - 3/5/10) with 2 critical steals ... Tallied career-high 9 rebounds at Indiana State (2/27/10) with 8-for-11 effort at the FT line and 34 minutes played ... Hit two game-winning free throws with 3.4 seconds on the clock vs. Nevada (2/20/10) in ESPN BracketBusters game on ESPN2 with 6 rebounds and 6 assists ... Scored 7 points, all in the final 2 minutes, at Illinois State (2/17/10) with 5 assists ... Had 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals at Wichita (2/14/10) ... Shared team-high assist honors to go along with 9 points and 6 rebounds in win over Creighton (2/6/10) ... Had 6 assists in home loss to #25 UNI (1/30/10) with 6 points ... Was in double figures for the third straight game with 12 points and 2 asssists vs. Evansville (1/27/10) ... Had career-high 18-points at Creighton (1/24/10) on ESPNU with 10-of-12 at the line and team highs in rebounds (6) and assists (3) to help him earn Coors Player of the Week honors ... Had 10 points vs. Indiana State (1/19/10) along with 4 assists, 2 blocks and career-high 26 minutes ... Notched 17 points in loss at Drake (1/12/10) on 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 at the line ... Had 15 points in win over Bradley (1/9/10) with a 4-for-5 effort from the field and 6-for-6 night at the line ... Had 11 points, and 8 rebounds, 4 assists in win over UT Martin (12/9/09) ... Matched Caleb Patterson with team-high 13 points in win over Eastern Michigan (11/22/09) in finals of Hispanic College Fund Challenge at JQH Arena ... Knocked down 10 points in win over The Citadel (11/21/09) and earned game ball in victory ... signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Missouri State on April 30, 2009.
2008-09 - Johnson County Community College
Named 2009 State Farm NJCAA Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on 4/10/09 for all divisions ... Also named Division II Player of the Year by the NJCAA ... Became just third player in NJCAA Division II history to earn State Farm First-Team All-America honors in back-to-back seasons ... Started 33 games and averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.3 steals per game for the NJCAA Division II national champion Cavaliers of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College ... Named MVP of National Tournament after leading Coach Mike Jeffers' squad to a 63-49 win over Kirkwood (Iowa) in the national championship game in Danville, Ill., scoring 21 points in the finals and 16.3 per game in the tournament ... Named NJCAA D-II First-Team All-America, State Farm NABC All-America, NJCAA Player of the Year, NJCAA Region VI Player of the Year, NJCAA All-Star, First-Team All-Jayhawk League, and JCCC Male Athlete of the Year ... Scored in double figures in 32-of-33 games ... Recorded a rare triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a home victory over Highland (Kan.) on 2/18/09 ... Ranked 46th nationally in scoring, 21st in assists, and 48th in steals ... Named NJCAA Player of the Week on 1/28/09 ... Earned KJCCC Player of the Week honors twice (2/3/09 and 2/24/09) ... Also made 50.4 percent of his field goals (197-of-391), 70.0 percent of his free throws (151-of-217), and connected on 24 three-pointers ... Cavaliers were 26-9 overall, 12-6 in the Jayhawk League, and 13-3 at home.
2007-08 - Johnson County Community College
Averaged a team-best 15.4 points, with 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a freshman ... Earned NABC/State Farm All-America First-Team honors ... Named East Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Conference while earning All-NJCAA Region VI honors ... His 87 steals was the fifth-best total in school history ... Led team in scoring 16 times and was top rebounder 18 games with six double-doubles ... Named NJCAA-II Player of the Week twice (11/28/07 and 2/6/08) ... Posted season-high 31 points in win over nationally-ranked Division I opponent Independence (2/2/08) ... Posted 26 points at Highland (1/20/08) ... Shot .497 from the field (175-for-352) and .632 from the line (.146-of-231) ... Made 12 threes and 104 offensive rebounds ... Started all 33 games while helping the Cavaliers to a 21-12 record and No. 14 national ranking, including an 11-7 league mark and 13-4 record at home.
Spent 2006-07 season at postgraduate prep school Maine Central Institute for coach Soupy Campbell ... Was a two-time letterman and captain for coach Robert Kurtz at Robert Lamberton High in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Scored 520 points (34.6 per game), to go along with 11.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists as a senior in 2005-06 ... Was the top scorer in the state of Pennsylvania as a senior ... Set a school record with a 56-point outing in a 91-62 win over Nueve Espermanza in 2006 ... Also had the second-best rebounding effort in team history by pulling down 27 boards in one game ... Earned first-team all-city and all-Public League as a senior ... Averaged 13 points per game as a junior ... Named to the Tony Samartino Future Stars All-Tournament Team and was a first-team selection in the Wilt Chamberlain High School League.
Nafis Ricks was born 12/10/87 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... He is the son of Graddie Ricks and Robin Bell of Philadelphia ... Has two brothers, the late Michael Cole, and Amir Ricks, as well as sister Natasha Ricks ... Majoring in Criminology with a minor in Psychology ... Posted a 3.25 GPA for the spring 2010 semester ... Chose Missouri State over Creighton, Arizona, Iowa, Milwaukee, South Florida and DePaul ... Enjoys watching ESPN, especially SportsCenter ... Favorite movies are He Got Game, Love and Basketball, and The Hangover ... Favorite food is chicken ... Participated in team community service projects at Boys and Girls Club, Cox South Pediatrics, and shoes for children ... Wants to start a mentoring program for kids and study abroad one day.