July21, 2015 – Ricardo Ratliffe after coming off of his third KBL championship with the Mobis Phoebus was placed into the 2015 players draft for the upcoming season.  Per KBL rules, no import player can play for one team more than three years.  As a result, Ratliffe came to Las Vegas to participate in the annual KBL Draft.   

During his three seasons with the Mobis, Ratliffe won three KBL championships and one regular season championship, which has never been done by an import before.  Last season with the Mobis he recorded a career best 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

After two and a half days of intense tryouts, Ricardo was taken as the first pick in the 2015 draft by the Samsung Thunder.  The Thunder were the last place team during the 2014-2015 season and are looking for a veteran like Ratliffe to turn their team around. The Thunder have also signed Ratliffe’s former Mobis teammate Greg Stevenson who’s been playing alongside Ricardo since joining the KBL in 2012.

“I would like to give thanks to the Samsung Thunder for drafting me first overall in the 2015 draft.  I’m looking forward to playing with the organization and reuniting with my former teammate Greg Stevenson.”

Ricardo will be leaving to return to Korea in the beginning of August to start his quest for another KBL championship with his new team the Samsung Thunder.   

Moore Management & Entertainment, Crossover Promotions and the iChoose Life Foundation Present: The Ricardo Ratliffe Basketball Clinic featuring a guard camp by Hall of Famer Davon Barton

 

Camp will feature skills training from 3 time Korean world champion Forward, Ricardo Ratliffe and CNU Hall of Famer and basketball standout Davon Barton who will share special tips and training specific to point guards.  Special College and Pro instructors will also be present.

July 11, 2015 9am-1pm

 West Hampton Community Center

1638 Briarfield Rd Hampton, VA

5th-9thGraders ONLY       

To register contact Davon Barton at 757-655-1307 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

HAMPTON, VA —Moore Management and Entertainment and CrossOver Promotions, LLC hosted the 2nd youth basketball clinic featuring Ricardo Ratliffe last Saturday, July 11, 2015 at West Hampton Community Center in Hampton, VA.  The Camp was a free one day training session for middle school youth. Ratliffe along with local basketball talent from the area were on hand to direct the kids in drills and competitive play and provide feedback on how to make improvements in basketball fundamentals.  Participants included Bethel High School and Old Dominion University standout Aaron Bacote, Kecoughtan High School and Kecoughtan High School and Boston College guard Dimitri Batten, Phoebus High School and Hampton University shooter Brian Darden and Bethel High School and Virginia Union player Dashawn Barton as well as former Kecoughtan and bethel High School standout Nathanial Motley and his brother Justin.   All the coaches enjoyed taking part in helping the kids learn more about the game of basketball.

 

Additionally, camp director Davon Barton, former Christopher Newport University standout and recent Hall of Fame inductee, spoke to the kids about making the right decisions in the life, the community, the classroom and with family and friends.  Barton, also represented the iChooseLife Foundation, which he founded in 2011 that works with young people and helps them examine their decision making processes and develop as leaders. 

 

Youth who participated in the clinic received gift bags, water bottles, towels and other gifts sponsored by Reebok.  Standout campers were also given Reebok gift cards to use in stores or online as well.   This year the number of youth participants grew from 30 last year to 50 this year.  Ratliffe enjoys hosting this event in his hometown and plans to bring the event back next year.  “I was one of these kids not that long ago, so it’s a blessing to be able to come out, give back and have fun developing young talent” shared Ratliffe.

 

Ratliffe is entering into his fourth professional season overseas and is in the process of deciding where he will play.

 

 

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Ricardo Ratliffe captured his third KBL title with the Mobis Phoebus last week.  Winning this title makes him a three time champion in three years winning back to back to back KBL Championships.  Ricardo is the first non-Korean player who has won the championship three times in the KBL.

The Mobis Phoebus swept the championship series in four games versus Wonju Dongbu Promy. In the series, Ricardo averaged 14 points and 8.5 rebound and was a key component in his team’s success.

Ricardo finished his third season for the Mobis averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, his first time averaging a double-double for the season playing professionally and leading his team in points per game for the entire year.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play in Korea and to help my team win three championships” shared Ricardo. “This playoff run was even more special because my mom was here to be apart of it and because my daughter was also born this month” Ricardo said.

Due to KBL rules, which prohibit a non Korean player from playing with the same team for more than three consecutive seasons, this will be the last year that Ricardo will be able to play for the Mobis Phoebus.   He has accomplished many accolades in his first three years as an import for the Mobis, leading the league in rebounds twice and blocks three times. He has been named Player of the Week more than twenty times and was able to win the Williams Jones Cup for South Korea this past summer.

Ricardo was drafted first in the KBL draft in 2012, by the Mobis. On playing in Korea, Ricardo says, “it's been great! I love playing in Korea, I have so many fans here whom I love. Having the opportunity to start my professional career here has been a great experience. I look forward to the future and continuing to play professionally.”