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David Rowlands Award
Ricardo Ratliffe Wins 2010 David Rowlands NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year

By Gage Axford, NJCAA Student Assistant

The NJCAA is pleased to announce Ricardo Ratliffe of College of Central Florida as the recipient of 2010 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student Athlete of the Year Award. The David Rowlands Award is given annually to a male NJCAA student-athlete that displays hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence in community college athletics. Ratliffe, a 6'9" - 240 pound basketball talent from Hampton, Va., performed in exemplary fashion, breaking multiple school records and racking up accolades seldom earned in NJCAA basketball.

Throughout his two years in the NJCAA, Ratliffe established an impressive resume, averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds per game during his two seasons at Central Florida. As a freshman last year, Ratliffe set a new school record for total points scored in a season with 798 points, while earning All-Region 8 and First-Team NJCAA All-American honors. He led all scorers in NJCAA DI basketball (26.5 ppg) and ranked 10th in rebounding (11.0 rpg).

Ratliffe continued his dominance during the 2009-10 season, breaking his previous Central Florida record of 798 total points scored in a season by posting a total of 855 points during his sophomore campaign. Along with his season record, Ratliffe set a new school mark for most points scored in a career. His two-year total of 1653 points shattered the previous school record of 1346 points that stood for 25 years. For the 2009-10 season he ranked second in the NJCAA DI ranks in scoring (27.4 ppg) and 10th in rebounds (11.2 rpg). 

Ratliffe again earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors in 2009-10, receiving the honor for the second straight season - a feat only accomplished 13 times in NJCAA basketball history. The last two players to earn First-Team All-American honors in NJCAA DI men's basketball were Larry Johnson (1987-88, 1988-89 - Odessa College, Texas) and Cory Cooperwood (2006-07, 2007-08 - Wallace State CC-Hanceville, Ala.).

To no surprise, Ratliffe was tabbed as the top junior college basketball recruit in the nation this past season. He was heavily recruited by top NCAA Division I programs such as Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Missouri, and South Carolina.

The Virginia native recently made the decision to continue his education and basketball career at the University of Missouri.


Ricardo Ratliffe was one of the top scorers and rebounders in NJCAA DI men's basketball
the past two seasons. Photo courtesy of College of Central Florida.


About the David Rowlands Award 
David Rowlands was an active member of the NJCAA. From 1972 to 1988 he was a regional director and from 1975 to 1988 was the chair of the NJCAA baseball committee. Rowlands, a baseball coach at Truman College (Chicago, Ill.), served on the NJCAA gymnastics, golf, executive and eligibility committees. Rowlands was the perfect model of hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence in community college athletics. This award is given annually to the NJCAA Student-Athlete that best exhibits these traits.

NJCAA ROWLANDS AWARD RECEPIENTS

Year

Name

Sport

College; City, State

1992-1993

Mike Worley

Basketball

Coffeyville Community College; Coffeyville, Kan.

1993-1994

Eddie Samuel

Basketball

Pensacola Junior College; Pensacola, Fla.

1994-1995

Joe Michael Robertson

Football

Jones County Junior College ; Ellisville, Miss.

1995-1996

Doug Thompson

Baseball

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ; Perkinston, Miss.

1996-1997

William Gladness

Basketball

Carl Albert State College; Poteau, Okla.

1997-1998

Shawn Marion

Basketball

Vincennes University; Vincennes, Ind.

1998-1999

Anthony Evans

Basketball

Neosho County Community College; Chanute, Kan.

1999-2000

Mario Toledo

Tennis

Georgia Perimeter College; Dunwoody, Ga.

2000-2001

Marc Dunn

Football

Ricks College; Rexburg, Idaho

2001-2002

Cory Patton

Baseball

Seward County Community College; Liberal, Kan.

2002-2003

Filiberto Rivera

Basketball

Southeastern Community College; West Burlington, Iowa

2003-2004

Larry Kendrick

Football

Pearl River Community College ; Poplarville, Miss.

2004-2005

Michael Murray

Baseball

Meridian Community College; Meridian, Miss

2005-2006

Brian Flores

Baseball

New Mexico Junior College; Hobbs, N.M.

2006-2007

Cody Jamieson

Lacrosse

Onondaga Community College; Syracuse, N.Y.

2007-2008

Devron Bostick

Basketball

Southwestern Illinois College; Belleville , Ill.

2008-2009

Chris Mason

Cross Country/
Track & Field

SUNY – Delhi; Delhi, N.Y.

2009-2010

Ricardo Ratliffe

Men’s Basketball

College of Central Florida

 

 























































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