KCKCC Assist Leader Ray Ridley Signs With Avila University
Kansas City Kansas Community College's assist leader the last two years will continue his collegiate basketball, career at Avila University.
Ray Ridley, a two-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils, signed a letter of intent with Avila on Tuesday.
"Ray has a lot of things going for him – leadership at point guard, his defensive ability and he's a winner," said Avila head coach Rodney Perry. "But his biggest strength is that he makes everyone around him better."
Perry said Ridley fills a definite need for the Eagles. "We have only one point guard and we need two," said Perry, who returns 9 of his top 11 players from this 2014-15 team that finished 15-15. "We return an All-American, one of the best big men in the conference and one of the top shooters." Avila is a member of the Heart of America Conference which also includes Benedictine where Ridley's teammate, CJ Vallejo, signed earlier.
"Avila seemed like a perfect fit," said Ridley, who chose Avila over Park University. "I loved the visit and I was really made to feel welcome."
Playing 31 minutes a game, Ridley averaged 8.9 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a freshman. As a sophomore, Ridley increased his assists to 5.5 per game and his assist/turnover ratio to 2.8, two major factors as the Blue Devils finished 23-9, an increase of 16 wins over the previous season. Averaging 32.8 minutes a game, Ridley averaged 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals.
"Ray's leadership in dishing out more than assists was instrumental in our success," said KCKCC Coach Kelley Newton. A graduate of Hogan Prep, Ridley averaged 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists on a state championship team.
Seated next to his biggest fan, his mother, Leela Ridley, Kansas City Kansas Community College guard signed a letter of intent with Avila University Tuesday. Joining in the signing were KCKCC Coach Kelley Newton (left) and Avila Coach Rodney Perry. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)