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April 11, 2012

IHCC’s McCay, Ricks named All-Americans

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College basketball players Jameel McKay and Gary Ricks, Jr. have been named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans.

McKay, a freshman, was selected to the All-American first team and Ricks, a sophomore, was an Honorable Mention choice.

McKay, the Warriorsí scoring (14.6) and rebounding (7.7) leader, was one of 10 players picked for the first team. He had a field goal percentage of .619 and was a key part of the Warriors’ seventh-place finish in the NJCAA national tournament.

The Milwaukee, Wis. native had double figures in points and rebounds in all four IHCC games in the tourney and was named to the All-Tournament team. He was also tabbed a first-team All-Region 11 pick.

Ricks, from Sylmar, Cal., finished his two-year IHCC career as one of the best 3-point shooters ever at Indian Hills. He made 170 3-pointers in his career — 97 in his sophomore campaign — and just missed setting the single-season and career school records in that category. 

Ricks averaged 11.2 points while not missing a game over the past two seasons. He was also a first-team All-Region selection.   

McKay and Ricks are Indian Hills’ first All-American choices since Dwight Buycks was named to the first team and Dwight Hardy to the third team after the 2008-09 season.

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