Ridnour , Luke
Lucas R. (Luke) Ridnour was born in Coer d' Alene, Idaho, but spent his youth in Blaine, Washington. While at Blaine High School he distinguished himself as a point gurad on the basketball team which he led to two state titles.
In 2000, his senior year, he was selected as an All-American by both Parade magazine and McDonald's. Ridnour was one of the most highly recruited high school basketball players in the country, and decided to play for Ernie Kent at the University of Oregon. During his three-year career at Oregon he continued to blossom and helped the Ducks appear in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on two occasions which included a 2002 Elite Eight appearance. By the close of his junior year he held the the PAC-10 record for assists with (218) and the conference record for consecutive free throws made with (62).
He left Oregon after his junior year in which he was PAC-10 Player of the year, and in 2003 he was drafted 14th overall by the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. By his second season in the NBA (2004-5) he was a starter for the Supersonics. His Rookie season he played in the Rookie Challenge and the Skills Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend.