RICK PICKREN

GHS Class of 1983


Rick participated in basketball during his time at Grandview Senior High School. In basketball, Rick earned three varsity letters and was named first team all-conference both his junior and senior years. He was named KC all-metro honorable mention after his junior year. Following his senior year, Rick was also named first team all-district, first team KC all-metro, and was the first GHS player to be named to the first team all-state team. He averaged 32.2 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game his senior year and set the all-time career scoring record with 1,192 points (later broken by Curtis Barnes). His 47 points vs. Raytown South set a school record and broke several other records during his career. His 44 points broke Jon Sunvold's record at the Lee's Summit Tournament. Rick was recognized as a Converse All-American and honorable mention prep All-American by Basketball Weekly. He was chosen to play against the Russian 19 and under team at Allen Fieldhouse and played in the Missouri-Kansas All Star Game.


Rick continued his basketball career at Valparaiso University where he earned AMCU all-conference newcomer team as a freshman and was invited to participate in the 1984 Olympic Trials. He then transferred t the University of Arkansas Little-Rock. His next and final stop was at Eastern New Mexico University and was named all-conference his senior year after averaging 21.2 points per game. He finished with 1,046 career points and was named the most outsanding Greyhound Basketball Player both his junior and senior years. After graduation he played summer pro league and later the CBA for Grand Rapids. In 2003, Rick was elected into the Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Hall of Honors and the UALR Hall of Fame as a member of the 1985-86 team.


Rick is married to his wife Honey and has two children Kylan and Jent. Rick has owned serveral construction related businesses and currently is the president of Venice on the Lake, Inc and The White River Trading Company Antique Store near Branson. His favorite athletic memory at GHS was breaking Jon Sunvold's record at Lee's Summit along with the lifelong relationships that came as a result of playing basketball at GHS.