Ricky Pierce

Ricky Pierce was the first Garland athlete to play professional basketball in the NBA. His outstanding play during eight professional seasons twice earned him the NBA Sixth Man Award, in 1987 and 1990. In college basketball, Ricky was consensus All-Southwest Conference for each of his three seasons at Rice University. In high school, he was first team all-district for three years after becoming a starter for Garland as a sophomore. He received third team all-state recognition as a senior in 1977-78 averaging 26.1 points per game and a high of 46 point in one game. At Rice University the 6'5, 205-pound athlete became an immediate starter, and after completing three years of varsity play, Ricky holds 12 of the I8 individual basketball records for Rice players. As a sophomore, he averaged scoring 23 points in 27 full season games, and as a junior, he averaged 20.9 points in 26 full season contests. As a college senior in 1981-82, Ricky soared to new heights on offense, leading the Southwest Conference with a full season average of 26.8 for 30 games and an average of 28 points for the 16 league games. Ricky has played six years with the strong Milwaukee Bucks, perennial NBA playoff contenders, after being drafted in the first round in 1982 by the Detroit Pistons. In the 1989-90 season, he led Milwaukee with a 23-point scoring average, the best in the league among sixth men. Since joining the Bucks in 1984, Ricky has shot better than 52% from the field and 86% from the free throw line. He is already the tenth highest scorer in the Milwaukee Bucks' history.