Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kansas City Kansas Community College assists leader Ray Ridley signs with Avila


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- 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.