Is a favorite for All-American and Big 12 player of the year awards ... has an unbelievable mix of athleticism and explosiveness ... regarded as one of the most electrifying dunkers in the Big 12, but is also very capable of knocking down the outside jumper (39 percent from three in 2002-03) ... despite not being able to workout during the first round of tryouts in Colorado Springs, he was able to impress coaches at the second round of tryouts for the Pan American Games and make the team ... has now scored 1,220 career points, putting him in 23rd place on the all-time Mizzou scoring charts ... needs just 279 points to move into the Top 10 ...
* Pre-season Wooden Award Finalist
* Earned a spot on Pan American Games squad
* Second Team All-Big 12 (A.P.)
* Third Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)
* NABC Second-Team All-District 12
* Big 12 All-Tournament Team
Led Mizzou in scoring averaging 17.4 points per contest ... took his game to a whole new level in the Tigers' two NCAA Tournament contests averaging 27.5 points per game ... was unbelievable against Marquette scoring a career and game high 36 points ... scored the most points in an NCAA Tournament game since former Tiger Kareem Rush scored 29 in the Tigers' second-round loss to Duke in 2001... made the most three-point baskets in an NCAA Tournament game in school history with nine against Marquette ... now holds the mark for most points scored in a career in NCAA Tournament play with 145 points ... he is averaging 18.1 points per contest in eight NCAA Tournament games during his three-year career was 9-of-15 from three-point land ... recorded career-highs in three pointers made, three pointers attempted, points and field goals made ... had a great game against Southern Illinois going 7-of-12 from the field with 19 points while also pulling down nine boards ... 14 of his 19 points came in the second half ... played tremendous defense on Big 12 Tournament MVP Hollis Price and scored seven points against Oklahoma in the tourney Championship ... was 8-of-16 from the field (5-of-8 from three) for a game-high 21 points against Kansas ... scored 10 points and pulled down six boards against Oklahoma State ... registered the first double-double of his career in the Tigers' Big 12 Tourney win over Nebraska (19 points, 11 boards) ... went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line and scored a team-high 21 points against Kansas ... also equaled a career-best with nine boards against KU ... had a team-high 18 points against Iowa State ... scored a game-high 23 points (8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from three, 4-of-4 from the free throw line) against Kansas State ... scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half against KSU ... exploded for 10 of his 14 points in the second half against Oklahoma ... also pulled down three boards and was 5-of-9 from the field (2-of-4 from three) ... scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down seven boards in the Tigers' game at Colorado ... poured in a team-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting against Kansas State ... scored 20 or more points for the second time in three games with 20 points against Texas Tech ... also pulled down seven rebounds and handed out three assists against TTU ... had his second straight solid offensive outing scoring 21 points against Colorado ... just missed a double-double with nine rebounds while also handing out six assists in the Tigers' win over the Buffaloes ... held Syracuse's leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, to just 16 points (he was averaging 24 per contest) ... put in a game-high 21 points (9-of-14 from the field) and pulled down six boards against Centenary ... scored 17 points (13 in the first half) in the Tigers' win at Iowa ... was 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line against the Hawkeyes ... also pulled down five boards and had three assists ... led Mizzou in scoring with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting against Valparaiso ... was a perfect 4-of-4 from three point land ... played 24 minutes against Valpo despite battling a case of the stomach flu ... scored a team-high 17 points and was perfect from the free throw line (6-of-6) against Illinois ... also pulled down five rebounds against the Illini ... registered a career-high five steals and dumped in 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field in the Tigers' win over Memphis ... was 3-of-7 from the 3-pt. line and 5-of-6 from the free throw line against the Tigers ... also handed out three assists against Memphis ... went for a then career-high 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting including 4-for-6 from the 3-pt. line against Wisconsin-Green Bay ... had two huge dunks that made ESPN's "SportsCenter" against the Phoenix. 2001-02 SEASON
NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team
Big 12 All-Underrated Team
Established himself as one of college basketball's young stars, particularly with his stellar play in the NCAA Tournament, where he led MU in scoring (18.3 PPG) ... Was named to the All-West Region Team in the Tournament ... Avg. 5.3 RPG and shot 56.5% (incl. 53.3% from 3-pt. range) in the Tournament, and had numerous highlight-reel dunks in MU's 4 games ... Led MU in scoring (22 pts.) and asst. (4) in West Region Final vs. Oklahoma, and tallied 15 pts. the game before vs. UCLA ... Just missed 1st career double-double in NCAA 2nd Round vs. Ohio State, w/20 pts. & 9 rebs. ... Opened tourney w/solid 16-pt., 6-reb. outing vs. Miami ... Had superb outing March 3 vs. #1 KU, posting career highs in points (23), 3-pt. FGs (5) and blocks (3) ... Scored 14 of his points in the 2nd half, and made a huge block on a Jeff Boschee breakaway that gave MU the ball back with 6 seconds left and one last chance to tie the game ... Averaged a team-best 18.0 PPG in his last 10 games against ranked teams, and shot an eye-popping 60.7% from the floor in those games ... Led MU, and ranked 6th in Big 12 in 3-pt. shooting (44.2%), making him one of the country's most dynamic scorers from both outside and near the basket ...That mark from 3-pt. range (50-of-113 3FGs), was more than twice as good as his 3-pt. rate of 21.4% last season ... Began season as MU's 6th man before being inserted into starting lineup in early January ... Was brilliant Feb. 25 vs. OSU, and keyed MU's huge win w/game-high 21 pts. on a near-flawless 10-of-12 shooting night ... Had 15 pts. in the 2nd half (on 7-of-7 FGs), and scored 9 straight MU pts. midway through 2nd half ... Came up w/ a huge off. reb. & putback w/16 seconds left that game MU a 70-66 lead ... Had 11 pts. & 4 asst. Feb. 23 at CU and tied career-high w/3 3-pt. FGs ... Was held scoreless at Texas Tech for the only time this season, and just the 4th time in his career, as he went an uncharacteristic 0-of-6 FGs and 0-of-3 3FGs ... Led MU's near comeback Feb. 17 vs. Texas, as he scored 14 of his 16 pts. in the 2nd half to lead the charge ... Also added a career-high 7 rebs. on the day ... Tallied 14 pts. in consecutive games vs. Virginia and Iowa State ... Added 3 asst. & 4 rebs. vs. UVA, and scored 7 pts. during criticial 2nd-half surge that saw MU take an 8-pt. lead ... Had a stong 19-pt. outing Jan. 28 at KU, and hit career-high 3 3-pt. FGs for 2nd straight game ... Missed Jan. 2 game vs. Coppin State due to the death of his grandmother ... Scored 14 pts. Dec. 22 vs. Illinois, and had a career-best 22-pt. outing Dec. 15 vs. #15 Iowa ... Hit 8-of-12 FGs vs. Iowa ... Had 6 pts. Dec. 3 at Saint Louis, but hit a pair of key FTs with 17 seconds left and MU clinging to 1-pt. lead ... Had 8 pts. Nov. 21 in the championship game of the Guardians Classic vs. #9 Iowa, but hit arguably the biggest bucket of his career when he drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game with just 24 seconds remaining ... That bomb set up Clarence Gilbert's game-winning FT, which capped an improbable comeback win for MU, after they trailed by 11 points with just 2:15 left in the game.
One of MU's quartet of talented freshmen whose development throughout the course of the season was a major factor in the Tigers' success ... Proved to be a tremendous leaper and finisher around the basket, and was undoubtedly one of the Big 12's most exciting rookies ... Averaged 7.0 points a game for the year (33 games), and averaged 8.5 in MU's two NCAA Tournament games ... Had 10 points off the bench in the tourney opener vs. Georgia, including 8 in just 7 minutes in the first half ... Assumed the daunting task of replacing Kareem Rush in the lineup during Rush's injury, but made the most of his opportunity, averaging 10.1 ppg in 8-game stretch from Feb. 7-March 4, starting all 8 and nearly doubling scoring output of 5.9 ppg in first 21 games ... Had outstanding game at #10 Kansas (March 4), where he tied career high by scoring 16 pts., on 7-of-9 FGs ... Included in total was a ferocious putback dunk in the 2nd half that tied the game at 39 apiece w/16:38 left in the game that was arguably the best highlight-reel play of MU's season ... Had 9 double-figure scoring games for the season, including 5 in the 8 while a part of the starting lineup ... Had 13 pts. at Texas (Feb. 26) in 26 minutes of play ... Found his mark from long range, as he connected on 40.0% of 3-pt. FGs in last 14 games (10-of-25), after making just 6.5% (2-of-31) in his first 19 games ... Had 15 pts.and added 5 rebs. and career-high 3 assists & 2 steals Feb. 11 at ISU ... Scored MU's 1st pts. at ISU w/conventional 3-pt. play with the Tigers trailing 10-0 ... Was tabbed for first career start Feb. 7 vs. KSU, and he came through with 10 pts. & 5 rebs. in 19 efficient minutes ... Had huge offensive rebound and putback in game's final four minutes as Tigers rallied from an 8-pt. deficit for emotional win in 1st game without Rush ... Hit a career-best 2-of-2 from 3-pt. land vs. KSU ... Had 5 pts. vs. #3 Kansas (Jan. 29), and connected on first-half three-pointer which gave MU a 10-pt. lead (25-15) w/7:40 left ... Bounced back from scoreless game at Virginia to post 6 pts. (on 3-of-4 FGs) at Nebraska (Jan. 24) ... Had 9 pts. at Kansas State, including 2nd 3-pt. FG of the year ... Had solid 9-pt. outing at CU, and connected on 1st 3-pt. FG of his career, breaking an 0-of-22 slump from beyond the stripe ... Held to 2 pts. vs. Neb. (Jan. 6), but his bucket was a big one inside with 6:44 left to give MU a 4-pt. lead at the time ... Was a major key to MU's comeback win vs. SLU, scoring 13 pts. off the bench, on 6-of-9 FGs ... Also added a team-high 6 rebounds in the game ... Had a break-out game vs. Valpo, scoring a career-high 16 pts. on 6-of-10 FGs, including two rim-rocking dunks ... Notched 9 pts. vs. UTPA, and added 4 rebs. ... Had 9 pts. vs. Syracuse in Great Alaska Shootout Championship game ... Scored 9 pts. and added 6 rebs. in MU's opener vs. Savannah State.
IN HIGH SCHOOL
Established himself as one of the country's top prep players at Renaissance High School, which is a member of the highly-competitive Detroit Public School League (PSL) ... Averaged 25.3 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior and led the Phoenix to a 22-3 record and their first-ever PSL championship ... A finalist for Michigan's "Mr. Basketball," finishing fourth in final balloting ... Named to Michigan all-state Dream Team by the Detroit Free Press, and also garnered first-team all-state honors, as well ... Won Detroit PSL Player-of-the-Year and all-city honors as a senior, and was an all-city and all-state selection as a junior ... Honorable mention All-USA selection by USA Today ... Averaged 25.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and four assists per game as a junior, marking the first of two straight years he led the PSL in scoring ... Had a busy summer prior to coming to MU, as he played in the Dada All-Star Classic in April, the Global Games in July (where he scored a team-high 26 points in an opening-round win over Mexico) as well as appearances in numerous camps throughout the summer ... At the Nike Camp, most observers had him among the top players there, and he likely had the camp's most spectacular dunk ... Also played well at the Nike Summer National Championships in San Diego, Calif. and excelled at the Nike Bluegrass Classic and Nike Peach Jam ... Also lettered one year in volleyball, and played on a team which won the Detroit city championship.
Full name - Rickey Paulding Jr. ... Parents - Rickey Paulding Sr. and Virginia Renee Robinson ... Father is a sales trainer for MCI, mother is a social worker ... Chose MU over Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Miami, Fla. ... High school coach - Mark White ... Born Oct. 23, 1982 in Highland Park, Mich. ... Lists hobbies as listening to music, watching television and playing video games.
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