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Woodbury's Suggs tops 1,000 career points

Woodbury senior guard Rickey Suggs learned last week that he had surpassed the 1,000 point mark earlier this year.

It wasn't a bad week for Rickey Suggs.

The lead-up to one big accomplishment led to the discovery of another for the Woodbury senior.

While compiling information to be submitted to play in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game - for which Suggs was selected - his family had to send in his total points. The actual number was an unknown at the time, since he transferred to Woodbury as a junior after his previous school, St. Bernard's Academy, closed.

The result revealed Suggs had eclipsed the landmark 1,000-point total earlier in the season.

Heading into last week's game against Mounds View, Suggs had scored 1,081 points between St. Bernard's and Woodbury.

"It's a hard thing to do," said Woodbury coach Scott Swansson. "It's a nice landmark for someone to achieve."

Suggs called the revelation a pleasant surprise.

"I was happy, 'cause I never thought I was going to get 1,000 (points)," he said. "It's an honor."

For parents Rickey Sr. and Starr Suggs, the watching the achievement is payoff for years of commitment.

"We work really hard on and off the court," his father said. "I think it's a huge accomplishment."

Starr said the family figured Rickey Jr. had to be near the 1,000-point mark, but didn't know until the St. Bernard's numbers came in.

"We knew it probably would be up there," she said. "The hard work has really paid off."

After beginning basketball as a third-grader, Rickey Jr. earned varsity spot as a freshman on the St. Bernard's roster. He was named a starter there as a sophomore and has continued to excel after arriving at Woodbury.

"He's such a great player," Swansson said, calling the guard an explosive jumper with a knack for finding the basket.

In two-on-one situations, "I'd hate to be the guy guarding him," the coach said.

"He just goes out and plays with a stoic attitude," Swansson said. "Nothing bothers him."

Rickey Jr. is leaning toward playing next year at Quakerdale Promise Academy in Iowa. His parents said he received several Division 2 offers, but he decided to opt for Quakerdale - which offers high-level competition - in hopes of turning the heads of Division 1 scouts.

"He wants to go D1," his father said.

Rickey Jr. said he has his sights set on Iowa State.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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