Lucas Robin Ridnour is a professional American basketball player who plays as a point guard. The son of a basketball coach, Rob Ridnour, Luke, as he is known, went to the Blaine High School. As a sophomore, his father would give him the gymnasium keys to practice at night. He repaid this gesture by helping the team win two state titles and in his senior year, was named as an All-American by McDonald’s and Parade.
In 2000, after graduating from high school, Ridnour went to the University of Oregon and along with Luke Jackson, took the Ducks to the NCAA tournament including a run that led them to the Elite 8 in 2002. He had 218 assists in 2002, a single season record for the school, and had a conference record of 62 consecutive free throws. In his junior year, Ridnour was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Year and decided to play in the NBA, foregoing his senior year.
In the 2003 NBA Draft, the Seattle Supersonics picked Ridnour at 14th overall.
In his rookie season with the Supersonics, Ridnour barely made it to the court however, the following year, he rose to through the ranks and became the starting point guard for the Supersonics. In 2005, as a sophomore in the NBA, he played in the Rookie Challenge during the All-Star weekend.
Ridnour stayed with the Supersonics as their main point guard and despite being asked to share the starting spot with some of his team mates, he was considered by his coaches as one of the future superstars in the NBA.