Ricky Berry

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Ricky Berry
Personal information
Born(1964-10-06)October 6, 1964
Lansing, Michigan
DiedAugust 14, 1989(1989-08-14) (aged 24)
Fair Oaks, California
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Live Oak (Morgan Hill, California)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1988–1989
Position Small forward
Career history
1988–1989 Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-PCAA (1986–1988)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ricky Alan Berry (October 6, 1964 August 14, 1989) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Sacramento Kings.

Basketball Team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

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Sacramento Kings American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California

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Ricky Berry was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1964, when his father Bill Berry was a student-athlete at Michigan State University. The Berry family moved to the Sacramento, California area in 1966 when Bill Berry became head coach at a local high school and later Cosumnes River Junior College. [1] [2] Ricky Berry attended Live Oak High School of Morgan Hill, California when his father became head men's basketball coach at San Jose State in 1979. [3]

Lansing, Michigan Capital of Michigan

Lansing is the capital of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is mostly in Ingham County, although portions of the city extend west into Eaton County and north into Clinton County. The 2010 Census placed the city's population at 114,297, making it the fifth largest city in Michigan. The population of its Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was 464,036, while the even larger Combined Statistical Area (CSA) population, which includes Shiawassee County, was 534,684. It was named the new state capital of Michigan in 1847, ten years after Michigan became a state.

William Edward Berry is an American retired basketball coach.

Michigan State University Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU was founded in 1855 and served as a model for land-grant universities later created under the Morrill Act of 1862. The university was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country's first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. After the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has approximately 563,000 living alumni worldwide.

Berry was 6'8" and played small forward. After graduating from high school, Berry played for Oregon State in the 1983–84 season, and then transferred to San Jose State in 1984 to play under his father Bill Berry. After sitting out one year per transfer rules, Berry played for the San Jose State Spartans from 1985 to 1988. Ricky Berry was selected 18th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Kings and had a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists while shooting 40.6% from three-point range.

Small forward one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game

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Three-point field goal A field goal in a basketball game made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket

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Ricky Berry is one of only three former San Jose State Basketball Players to have his jersey retired, when San Jose State retired his Number 34.

In the 1989 offseason, and just weeks before his 25th birthday, Berry was found dead after a self-inflicted gunshot. He showed no signs of depression and left a suicide note.

A suicide note or death note is a message left behind when a person dies by suicide, or intends to die by suicide.

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