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.
|Born||April 21, 1966|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Miami Killian (Miami, Florida)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|1992–1993||Wichita Falls Texans|
|1993||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|1993–1994||Rapid City Thrillers|
|1994–1995||Quilmes de Mar del Plata|
|1997–1998||Utah State (assistant)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Blanton played in the 1986 Final Four as a member of the LSU Tigers.
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. He resigned shortly before the 2004–05 season.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Nicholls State Colonels (Southland Conference) (2002–2004)|
|Nicholls State:||9–46 (.164)||2–34 (.056)|
Postseason invitational champion
Blanton served as the color analyst for the LSU Tigers basketball team from the 2009–2010 season through the 2016–2017 season.
- "Ricky Blanton". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "Blanton Hired as Coach at Nicholls State". National Association of Basketball Coaches. May 23, 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Nicholls St. Under Investigation". kplctv.com. January 26, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Alumni: Former LSU forward Ricky Blanton in third year as radio analyst". The Daily Reveille. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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