Durham’s Council lands at Providence
Former Northern High School shooting guard Ricky Council II on Wednesday said he has signed to play with the Providence Friars, in Rhode Island.
Council used to really fill the cup for Northern coach Ronnie Russell. Yet scholarship offers for Council to play basketball at a major Division I school didn’t show up in his parents’ mailbox before he graduated.
So after Council finished his career at Northern in 2014, he put on a Moravian Preparatory School jersey and this past season exploded for 53 points against The Robinson School. He said he averaged 34 points a game for the post-graduate team at Moravian, in Hudson, which is near Hickory.
“I just played the same as I usually played, but I was in a freer system,” Council said.
Council said he averaged about 24 points per game at Northern.
Former ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep once described Council as an exceptional shooter with hoops intellect. Telep is a scout for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
Providence plays in the Big East Conference. Council, 19, grew up wanting to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference but said he didn’t second-guess his decision to ball with the Friars even after seeing potential playing time freed up with early departures at schools including Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State.
“Not at all,” Council said.
But if Providence ever goes against any of those Tobacco Road ball clubs, Council said he’d be mindful of the teams that passed him up and give them his best shot.
“It’s going to be in the back of my head if we play,” Council said.