Infobox NBA Player
name = Ricky Sanchez
height_ft = 6 | height_in = 11
weight_lbs = 220
position = Power Forward
birth_date = birth date and age|1987|7|6
Guayama, Puerto Rico
nationality = PUR
draft = 2nd round, 35th overall
Portland Trail Blazers
draft_year = 2005
career_start = 2005
Ricardo "Ricky" Sanchez (born
July 6, 1987) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. Sanchez has played with the Idaho Stampedein the NBA Development Leagueand the Continental Basketball Association, and with the Caguas Creolesand Humacao Graysin the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico. He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazerswith 35th pick of the 2005 NBA Draftbecoming the fourth Puerto Rican to be drafted by the National Basketball Association, and was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggetsfor their selection, Jarrett Jack. Sanchez was then traded to the Philadelphia 76erson September 10, 2007. Sanchez has been a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Teamsince 2007.
Ricardo was born in
Guayama, Puerto Ricoto Radamés Sánchez and Sonia Rosa, and has an older brother named Jason. Early in his childhood he was interested in baseball following advice from a relative that was a former professional baseball player and considered that he had the attributes required to be a professional pitcher. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] During this time period he studied in "Colegio San Antonio", located in Guayama. Sanchez enjoyed baseball to the point where he self-imposed the nick name "Ricky Bones Alomar González" upon himself, using the last names of several Puerto Rican major league players to create it. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] Ricky began developing his physical skills practicing both baseball in "Liga Radamés Lopez" and basketball in "Liga de Baloncesto Infantil de Guayama", winning three national titles with the latter. Following his performance with this team he was one of the members selected to Guayama's Sports Hall of Fame. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] In 1999 he traveled to Guatemalain order to participate in a reunion of players in his divion, following his participation in this activity he decided that he was going to play basketball, based on the amount of physical activity in the sport. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] When he was thirteen years old he was referred to personnel of the Guayama Wizardsthe local National Superior Basketballteam, by Miguel Mercado and began training under Rául Ayala. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] In 2001 Ayala and Mercado joined the Caguas Creolesand Sanchez was translated to that team. Sanchez began the eight grade in "Colegio San Antonio" but was translated to Fancisco García Boyrié school, where he was part of a team that won the national sub-championship. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97] The following year his family moved to Caguas, Puerto Rico where he was enrolled at Bautista College. During this years Sanchez was part of Puerto Rico's juvenile national team. [cite book| quote=| title=Un ex pelotero hacia la NBA| author=Luis Santiago Arce| publisher=El Nuevo Día| date= 2005-07-03| pages=96-97]
Sanchez received his high school education in the IMG Academy located in
Bradenton, Floridawhere he participated with the academy's team. During this period he was trained by Joe Abunassar, who is responsible for training professional players Kevin Garnettand Al Harrington. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds during his senior high school year which prompted Abunassar to support Sanchez's decision to enter his name in the National Basketball Association Draft. [cite web| url=http://www.imgworld.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsID=195229&itype=&iCategoryID=| title=IMG Academies' Basketball Academy Student Ricky Sanchez Selected in the 2005 NBA Draft| accessdate = 2007-06-07] Sanchez became a well-known player in Puerto Rico's minor basketball leagues, quickly becoming a member of the exclusive Puerto Rico Pump-N-Run basketball team. [cite web| url=http://ohiopreps.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=314853| title=Adidas Super 64 Final Results
accessdate = 2007-06-08] The Puerto Rico Pump-N-Run is made up exclusively of that country's very best young basketball players.
Sanchez started his professional career at the age of 14 where he played with the
Caguas Creolesof the National Superior Basketball Leagueof Puerto Rico in 2001 playing in 7 games scoring 13 points with a 1.9 PPG average.cite web| url=http://www.bsnpr.com/jugadores/jugador.asp?id=2033&e=| title=Estadísticas Jugador - Sanchez, Ricky| publisher=Baloncesto Superior Nacional| language=Spanish| accessdate=2007-09-10] In 2002, at the age of 15 he played a second season with the Caguas Creoles playing 9 games scoring 18 points with a 2.0 PPG average.
In 2005 Sanchez was widely expected to attend the
University of Memphisand had signed a letter of intent when he suddenly announced he was skipping college to enter directly into the NBA Draft.
With his signing, Sanchez joins fellow Puerto Ricans Alfred Lee,
Jose Ortiz, Ramon Rivas, Ramon Ramos, Daniel Santiago, Carlos Arroyo(who also played with the Nuggets) and Peter John Ramos, in chronological order, as NBA players from Puerto Rico. On October 26, 2006fellow Puerto Rican Jose Juan Bareajoined this group as well.
During the summer of 2005, Sanchez participated with the
Denver Nuggetsduring the NBA Summer Pro League.
November 12, 2005, Ricky Sanchez signed with the Idaho Stampedeof the Continental Basketball Association. At the time of signing he was the youngest player to sign a CBA contract. [cite web|title=CBA Capsule| url=http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2005/11/19/sports/local/105790.txt| accessdate = 2007-06-07]
In the early summer of 2006, Sanchez expressed interest in participating in the National Superior Basketball tournament, but the Denver Nuggets denied him permison to play.
In 2006, Sanchez participated with the Denver Nuggets during the NBA Summer Pro League for a second straight year. Sanchez was assigned to the
NBA Development Leagueto play with the Idaho Stampedefor the 2006-2007 season on October 3, 2006. Sanchez played part of the BSN's 2007 season with Humacao Graysbefore receiving an injury on one of his legs. [cite web| author=Lester Jiménez | url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/baloncesto/accion_deportiva/ricky_sanchez:_despunta_la_promesa/103286| title=Ricky Sánchez: despunta la promesa| publisher=Primera Hora| language=Spanish| date= 2007-08-25| accessdate=2007-09-10]
During summer of 2007, Sanchez represented Puerto Rico as a member of the
Puerto Rican National Basketball Teamduring the 2007 Pan-American Gameswinning the Silver Medal. This was followed by a participation in the 2007 Fiba Americas Pre-Olympic tournament, where he performed as backup for Angelo Reyes. While Sanchez participated in the tournament Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets' vice-president of operations was in charge of scouting his progress. When interviewed Warkentien noted that "the team was evaluating him" and that they wanted to know how he would "abjust to the team's future plans."cite book| title=Con los ojos sobre Sanchez| author=Carlos Rosa Rosa| publisher=El Nuevo Dia| chapter=Deportes| location=Puerto Rico| language=Spanish| date= 2007-08-26| pages=137]
September 10, 2007, Billy Kingannounced that Sanchez's rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ersalong with forward Reggie Evansfor Steven Hunterand Bobby Jones. [cite web| url=http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/evans_trade_070910| title= 76ers complete trade with Denver Nuggets| publisher=National Basketball Association| date= 2007-09-10|accessdate=2007-09-10]
NBDLstats in 50 games with 21 starts are 579 points with a 11.6 PPG, 85 assists with a 1.7 APG, 177 rebounds with a 4.2 RPG, 32 steals with a 0.6 SPG, 36 blocks with a 0.7 BPG, .404 field goal percentage, .744 free throw percentage, and .366 3-point percentage.
CBAstats in 47 games are 374 points with an 8.0 PPG, 68 assists with a 1.4 APG, 170 rebounds with a 3.6 RPG, 28 steals with a 0.6 SPG, 34 blocks with a 0.7 BPG, .425 field goal percentage, .767 free-throw percentage, and .394 3-point percentage.
* [http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/ricky_sanchez/ NBA-DL Player Profile]
* [http://aol.nba.com/draft2005/board.html NBA.com 2005 draft page]
* [http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=27275&Sport=2 rivalhoops.com]
* [http://www.nbadraft.net/profiles/rickysanchez.asp Draft Profile]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbdl/players.cgi?player=sanchri01d Basketball Reference NBDL Player Card]
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