(Stats listed entering the final three games)
Ricardo Time has made the most of his “time” on and off the basketball court at West Hills College Coalinga.
The 6-foot-2-inch guard from West Palm Beach, Florida went from the Falcons’ sixth-leading scorer last season to the fourth-leading scorer in the California Community College Athletic Association with just a few games remaining on the 2018-19 schedule.
With a scoring average of 22.5 points per game – and a best 24.5 average in Central Valley Conference games – Time is a legitimate contender for CVC Most Valuable Player consideration.
Last season, Time led the team in rebounds (6.4 per game) and averaged a modest 9.5 points per contest – behind a sophomore-heavy roster that included four-year university transfers Darius Scott (Cal State Stanislaus) and Delvon Hightower (McPherson College).
However, Time’s all-around game did not go unnoticed, as the CVC coaches selected him to the All-Freshman Team.
This season, under first-year head coach Adedokun Olanrewaju, Time has assumed the role as the team’s primary scorer and exceeded most everyone’s expectations.
“Nothing has really changed in Ricardo’s approach since last season; he just needed the opportunity,” said Olanrewaju.
“He has always been a hard worker. He puts time in getting extra shots and working on his game. It’s been a blessing to coach him during my first year as head coach.”
Time is one of the few players in the conference that can score efficiently from the outside (his 41 percent ranks fifth in the CVC) and the inside.
His speed off the dribble allows him to blow past defenders in the paint or get to the free throw line. Time leads all CVC guards in free throw attempts (83) and makes (65) for a percentage of 78.3, good for sixth overall.
In addition, Time takes pride in scoring buckets in transition – thanks to his quickness and fearless ability to finish in traffic at the rim.
“It gets tougher to score during the second round of conference,” Time said.
“Teams scout, watch film, and deny passes with their best defenders or bring help to my side. If I can help our team by getting out on a fast break or score in early offense, then that makes it tougher to defend.”
Time has scored double figures in every game this season. In the four games he eclipsed the 30-point mark, the Falcons won three times, with the only loss coming against College of the Sequoias, 75-72.
Needless to say, the business major with a 3.4 GPA, is taking care of business in the classroom as well. He is on pace to graduate with an A.A. degree this spring – and interest from four-year university coaches continues to increase.
He plans to take recruiting trips to several schools later this semester.
Time is also a leader on the WHCC campus, as the Commissioner of Communications for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
“When I made the decision to attend West Hills, I didn’t know how everything would turn out,” said Time, hoping to become just the second Falcon in the last 20 years to lead the CVC in scoring.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here and have been able to learn from great teachers and coaches. I’m glad I came to West Hills because now I’m in a better position to attend a four-year university and earn a scholarship.”
The Falcons will wrap-up the season with two home games: against Reedley on Feb. 20 and West Hills College Lemoore on Feb. 23.