It finally is NCAA Tournament time, as teams get a chance to compete for a national title.  It also gives us a chance to watch players that have come through the Phenom Hoops landscape in the past; as we say, the stars of tomorrow.

One player from Durham, North Carolina, really made himself known in his first season at the collegiate level, as Ricky Council IV is going to be quite a familiar name for Wichita State fans and around the conference.

The 6’6 freshman was simply at highlight show at Southern Durham, as he brought a ton of length, athleticism, versatility, and is a high-motor type prospect.  In fact, he was overlooked for much of his career in high school when it comes to his recruitment but it worked out for Wichita State, as he finished the season averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game, also helping the Shockers reach the NCAA Tournament.

What he showed on the court, helped him earn his name on the All-Freshman team and it seems to be just the start for this young man. Congrats Ricky on a successful season.

What Phenom Hoops Said:

“Offensively, Ricky IV has about as complete a game as it comes. Still needing strength and to fine-tune his ball skills, Ricky IV is able to score at all three levels. He is aggressive off the drive and able to pull up and knock down the 3-point shot consistently. Most importantly, the Council family takes academics very seriously so his grades are in great shape.” – Phenom Hoops in 2017

“There’s so much to like with North Carolina’s current talent level, especially in regards to wing players, and Council is definitely one of the best. He’s long and incredibly athletic, but is also quite known for his ability to effortlessly pile on points from all three levels. Council is among the most prolific all-around scorers within the state and he consistently prove that on a night-to-night basis. He has a terrific feel for the game and is capable of generating clean scoring opportunities from anywhere on the floor. Council approaches the game the right way and understands how to play unselfishly or within the normal flow, but can also offer instant offense in the blink of an eye. He handles the ball effectively and rebounds quite well for his position, which allows him to push transition play at a strong rate. Council has all the necessary tools to become a terrific two-way player at the next level, especially if he continues trending upward.” – Phenom Hoops in 2018