ST. LOUIS He's waiting for his chance, for that right opportunity to show he belongs, and Ricardo Ratliffe picks up his phone to say he's ready to make it as a professional basketball player.
It's Tuesday afternoon, and the former Missouri forward continues to wait. He's speaking from Hampton, Va., his hometown, surrounded by family and familiar sights during a time of limbo.
Where will he play next? The question has followed him since he went unselected in the NBA Draft on June 28. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound second-team All-Big 12 selection averaged 13.9 points per game and set a school-record with a 69.3 field-goal percentage last season. But he watched 60 picks come and go during the event in Newark, N.J., without his name called.
"I was kind of disappointed I didn't get picked, because I was hearing nothing but positive things from teams I worked out for," says Ratliffe, who received attention from organizations like the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers ...