Ricks gets long-awaited call to the Hall|[07/26/07]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2007

87-year-old former coach oldest to be enshrined at state hall of fame

RAYMOND — Nothing in Troy Ricks’ living room would indicate the man dressed sharply in a black suit, white dress shirt and red tie is a living basketball legend.

Above the couch is a collection of medals, but they are from his time in combat with the U.S. Army during World War II. Among the medals are two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

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Walk a little farther into the house, past the kitchen, and the first things visitors see when they enter the den are framed photos of family members.

Hanging on the wall in the corner of the den are some plaques and photos commemorating Ricks’ illustrious playing and coaching career. In the other corner there’s a basketball signed by some of his former players at Hinds Community College.

The basketball memorabilia, though, is mostly hidden.

Not exactly the shrine expected of a man who compiled an astounding 441-156 career coaching record and has been inducted into six halls of fame.

Then again, those who know him are not surprised. They say Ricks is not the type of person to let a game define him.