For his debut season on the collegiate hardwood, former Hope Bobcat hoopster Clyde Ricks completed a productive year performing with the National Park College Nighthawks Men's Basketball team for 2017-18.

For his debut season on the collegiate hardwood, former Hope Bobcat hoopster Clyde Ricks completed a productive year performing with the National Park College Nighthawks Men's Basketball team for 2017-18. 

According to National Park College communications department, the Nighthawks closed the season Monday night with a win against Arkansas Baptist College. The team took an early lead and dominated throughout the game for a final score of 101-83. Also reported, this marked the final home game for the Nighthawks, ending with a season tally of 12-5. “This was a great game to end our regular season. We got to play everyone, we had a good crowd, and there was a lot energy in the building,” said Head Coach Jason Hudnell.

“I cannot say enough positive things about these young men and how they have represented NPC this season. I believe a 12-5 record in our very first season is a fantastic start. It has taken a team of talented individuals to make this happen. The staff and faculty at NPC have been great; the community has really rallied behind us as well. I believe there are some very exciting things in store for Nighthawk Nation,” he added.

The Nighthawks ended the season with 1,599 team points total, 565 rebounds, 204 assists and 125 steals.

Ricks was very involved in the rotation with the Nighthawks coming off the bench playing quality minutes. Ricks had a stellar season on the defense with a 32 steals on the year and contributed well offensively as a guard and scoring for the Nighthawks.

Ricks, is an Hope High School 2017 graduate and Class 5A All-State Tournament and All-Conference former basketball player for the Hope Bobcats.