October 6, 1964|
August 14, 1989 (aged 24)|
Fair Oaks, California
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Live Oak (Morgan Hill, California)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ricky Berry was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1964, when his father Bill Berry was a student-athlete at Michigan State University. The Berry family moved to the Sacramento, California area in 1966 when Bill Berry became head coach at a local high school and later Cosumnes River Junior College. Ricky Berry attended Live Oak High School of Morgan Hill, California when his father became head men's basketball coach at San Jose State in 1979.
Berry was 6'8" and played small forward. After graduating from high school, Berry played for Oregon State in the 1983–84 and transferred to San Jose State in 1984 to play under his father Bill Berry. After sitting out one year per transfer rules, Berry played for the San Jose State Spartans from 1985 to 1988. Ricky Berry was selected 18th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Kings and had a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists while shooting 40.6% from three-point range.
Ricky Berry is one of only three former San Jose State Basketball Players to have his jersey retired, when San Jose State retired his Number 34.
In the 1989 offseason, and just weeks before his 25th birthday, Berry was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Fair Oaks, California on August 14, 1989, following an argument with his wife. He had displayed no signs of depression and had left a suicide note.
- "Bill Berry". NBA. 2002. Archived from the original on February 13, 2005.
- Geissinger, Steve (August 20, 1989). "What demons drove Kings' Ricky Berry to commit suicide?". Associated Press via Deseret News. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- College & NBA stats @ basketballreference.com
- Article about Ricky Berry's NBA signing (published August 3, 1988) @ nytimes.com
- Article about Berry's suicide (published August 15, 1989) @ nytimes.com