Ricky Council IV - Men's Basketball - Arkansas Razorbacks

#1 Ricky Council IV

G | Jr., (3) | 6-6 | 205 | Durham, N.C. | Southern Durham HS / Wichita State

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Ricky Council IV, the 2022 American Athletic Conference Sixth Man of the Year, played two seasons at Wichita State and will have three years of eligibility remaining … Played in 49 games with nine starts with the Shockers and scored 458 points (9.9 avg) with 223 rebounds (4.6 avg), 65 assists, 38 steals and 17 blocked shots … Shot 43.2 percent (161-373) from the field, 33.9 percent (38-112) from 3-point and 77.6 percent (125-161) from the line … Was teammates with Trey Wade at Wichita State in 2020-21 and the duo helped the Shockers win the AAC regular-season title and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

2022-23 (Junior at Arkansas):
• ALL-SEC 2nd Team (coaches and AP) … USBWA ALL-DISTRICT VII
• Named to the Midseason USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List
• Scored 20-plus 11x for the year (15 in career) … Scored in double digits in 31 of 36 games
• IN THE SEC: 1st in FT Made (173) • 2nd in FT Att (218) • 3rd in Scoring (16.1) • 3rd in Minutes (34:08)
– IN THE NCAA: 11th in FT Made (173 • 18th in FT Att (218)
• Played all 40 minutes in regulation 6x and all 20 minutes of a half 24x.
• SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Dec. 5) … Averaged 22.0 points (70% FG and 8-8 FT) in wins over Troy & San Jose State
• 1 of 8 Razorbacks who had 575+ points, 125+ rebounds, 80+ assists and 40+ steals in a season (581-130-81-40).
• IN THE UA SEASON RECORD BOOK: 173 FT Made (8th); 87 SEC FT Made (5th); 115 SEC FT Att (5th)
• Led the team with 581 points (16.1 average) and added 81 assists with 40 steals … Played in all 36 games with 29 starts,
• FORDHAM: Led the team in scoring (15 points) … For the first time in his career, saw action at point guard and responded with a career-high seven assists.
• LOUISVILLE: Had 15 points while tying his career high with four steals and making 3 3-pointers.
• CREIGHTON: Scored 24 points, attempting a career-high 19 shots, while playing all 40 minutes.
• SAN DIEGO STATE: Played 41:03 in the overtime win … Scored 18 of his 19 points after halftime, including five of the Hogs’ 1 overtime points.
• SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (Dec. 5): Versus Troy, scored a game-high 27 (also his second-best career effort) … Had 19 points in the second half as Arkansas erased a two-point halftime deficit …Scored 11 points in a decisive 17-0 run (all told, scored 13 in a 19-3 run to end the game) … Made a career-high 12 field goals … Versus San Jose State, scored 17 points and only missed one shot attempt (5-of-6 FG; 1-1 3 PT, 6-6 FT) … Up three with 17:27 left, Arkansas went on a 23-7 runs with Council scoring all 10 of his second-half points … Added three steals.
• OKLAHOMA: Scored a game-high 26 points – with three highlight reel dunks – and tied for the team lead with five assists.
• MISSOURI: Had a season-high seven rebounds and scored a game-high 25 points –— 21 in the second half.
• @ VANDY: Scored a game-best 24 points (tying a career and season-high with 3 3-pointers) … Added two steals.
• LSU: Tied his career-high with seven assists, including five in the first half and two in the second half on alley-oops … Grabbed six rebounds.
• @ BAYLOR: Scored a game-high 25 points (10-of-17 FG) with 14 in the first half and 11 in the second.
• TEXAS A&M: Tied for the team lead with 19 points … Added six rebounds and four assists and tied for the team lead at +12.
• @ KENTUCKY: Led the team with 20 points, making 8-of-10 at the line and sinking two of the team’s four 3-pointers … Added four assists.
• MISS STATE: For the first time this year, led the team in rebounds with six, tying two others.
• FLORIDA: Tied his season high with seven rebounds, adding 15 points
• GEORGIA: Had 22 points (making 3-of-6 from 3PT) with four assists, two steals and zero turnovers.
• @ ALABAMA: Scored 20 points off the bench (5-of-9 FG … Made 10 free throws and attempted a season-high 14 at the line.
• KENTUCKY: Scored 16 points, making 10-of-12 at the free throw line.
• vs AUBURN (SEC): Scored his 1,000th career point on his first basket, a dunk at 12:43 … Finished with seen points and two steals.
• vs ILLINOIS (NCAA): Recorded his first double-double as a Razorback with 16 points (making 11-of-12 FT) with 10 rebounds … The 10 boards were a season high and were the second time he led Arkansas in rebounding for a game.
• vs KANSAS (NCAA): Scored 21, including 11 of the Hogs’ final 15 … Made 10-of-11 FT … Ironically, the one miss FT led to the win … With the game tied and 23 seconds left, Council made one free throw then missed the second … However, the ball was tipped, Council got the loose ball and was fouled again before making both free throws for a three-point lead.
• vs UCONN (NCAA): Scored 17, going 8-of-9 at the free throw line … Added three rebounds, two assists and had one of the Hogs’ two blocked shots in the game.

2021-22 (Sophomore at Wichita State):
Voted the AAC Sixth Man of the Year
… Started eight of the 28 games but he ranked second on the team in scoring 12.0 points, tops among AAC reserves … He led the team in scoring 10 times, including eight of the last 12 games … Scored in double figures in 17 games, including three with 20-plus points, and had 17 games with at least five rebounds, including two double-digit efforts … Averaged 5.4 rebounds and was second on the team with 32 steals … Led the team in rebounding three times and assists twice … Made 84.9% (90-of-106) of his free throws to rank third in the AAC (63rd in the NCAA) … Made 54-of-62 at the line over his final 12 games including a 16-of-20 effort vs UCF … 16 makes ties for 3rd on the school’s single-game lest and 20 attempts is third … Made the AAC Honor Roll three times … First (Jan. 31) scored a career-high, 31-point effort in an 84-79 win over UCF … Scored 22 points inside the final 11:08 and his 16 free throws made were the most by a Shocker in 59 years … Second (Feb. 7) as he scored 20 points (7-of-7 FT) with seven rebounds and three steals in a win over SMU … Third (Feb. 21) as he recorded a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds in a two-points, overtime loss to Houston … His first career double-double came vs Tulane (Jan. 12) with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds (12 defensive) … Tallied a career-high six assists in 23, turnover-free minutes vs Norfolk State … In a win over Oklahoma State, hit five-straight shots, accounting for 12 of his team-high 17 points in the final 10 minutes to help WSU erase an eight-point deficit … Pumped in 20 points in the regular-season finale win over East Carolina.

2020-21 (Freshman at Wichita State):
Named to the AAC All-Freshman Team … Appeared in 21 of the 22 games with one start and averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game … Made 12 3’s on 44 percent accuracy and was 35-of-55 at the foul line (.636) … Drew an average of 5.03 fouls-per-40-minutes … Was one of the league’s most impactful bench scorers, averaging  18.2 points-per-40-minutes (11th-best among AAC regulars) … One of just three players to average 20+ points-per-40 during AAC play, putting up 20.3 points over 13 conference contests … Earned AAC Freshman of the Week honors (Jan. 10) after scoring a season-high 23 points in 23 minutes against Cincinnati – the most points by a Shocker true freshman in nearly a dozen years … Was 8-of-11 from the field and 7-for-11 at the line with six rebounds versus the Bearcats … Scored 11 points in 17 minutes to key an upset of No. 6 Houston … Eight of those points came in the last six minutes of the first half, helping the Shockers erase a 12-point deficit … Had a breakthrough performance in the conference opener at Tulsa as he produced team-highs with 13 points and eight rebounds … Earned a spot on the Dec. 21 AAC Honor Roll by delivering another 13 points and eight boards in a weekend win over Emporia State … Made his first career start in his sixth career game against Newman and finished with eight points.

High School:
Three-star prospect, per Rivals and 247 Sports … No. 391 nationally in 247 Sports composite rankings and No. 18 in North Carolina … Third team all-state (all classes) and helped lead his team to North Carolina’s Class 3A state quarterfinals with a 22-6 record … District 6 Player of the Year … Averaged 23 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior … Finished his career with more than 1,000 points … Coached by Greg Motley … Honor roll student and National Honor Society nominee who graduated among the top-10 of his class … Member of Team Felton on the Under Armor circuit in the summer of 2019 while playing for Coach Fred Cannon.

Born Aug. 3, 2001 … Son of Rick and Ruth Council … Youngest of three boys, all named after their father … Oldest brother, Ricky Council II, played at Providence and UMBC … Ricky Council III, played junior college basketball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … Also has an older sister, Rhianna, who played at UNCG … Credits those older siblings for making him a tougher, more physical player – especially around the basket … Sport Management major.