Ricky Blanton

Ricky Wayne Blanton (born April 21, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. A 6'7" and 215 lb forward from Louisiana State University, Blanton signed a 10-day contract and played in only two career NBA games for Chicago Bulls during the 1992–93 season in 18 point wins against the Sacramento Kings on Feb 15, 1993 and Utah Jazz on Feb 17, 1993 at the Chicago Stadium.[1]

Ricky Blanton
Personal information
Born (1966-04-21) April 21, 1966 (age 54)
Miami, Florida
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolMiami Killian (Miami, Florida)
CollegeLSU (1984–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1991–1995
PositionSmall forward
Career history
As player:
1991–1992Scaini Venezia
1992–1993Wichita Falls Texans
1993Chicago Bulls
1993Sioux Falls Skyforce
1993–1994Rapid City Thrillers
1994–1995Quilmes de Mar del Plata
As coach:
1996–1997LSU (assistant)
1997–1998Utah State (assistant)
2002–2004Nicholls State
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Blanton played in the 1986 Final Four as a member of the LSU Tigers.

Coaching careerEdit

After coaching stints at LSU and Utah State, Blanton served as head men's basketball coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana from 2002 to 2004.[2] He resigned shortly before the 2004–05 season.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nicholls State Colonels (Southland Conference) (2002–2004)
2002–03 Nicholls State 3–25 1–19 11th
2003–04 Nicholls State 6–21 1–15 11th
Nicholls State: 9–46 (.164) 2–34 (.056)
Total: 9–46 (.164)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Broadcasting careerEdit

Blanton served as the color analyst for the LSU Tigers basketball team from the 2009–2010 season through the 2016–2017 season.[4]


  1. ^ "Ricky Blanton". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  2. ^ "Blanton Hired as Coach at Nicholls State". National Association of Basketball Coaches. May 23, 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nicholls St. Under Investigation". kplctv.com. January 26, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alumni: Former LSU forward Ricky Blanton in third year as radio analyst". The Daily Reveille. Retrieved 2018-07-16.

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