We caught up with Ratliff on Wednesday night when he was preparing for an all-star game in Indiana.
"They say I'm inconsistent but I make the game easy," Ratliff said. "People think that I don't sweat. I play hard, I just don't look it."
We try to avoid classifying guys as combos for that reason but Ratliff defies the stereotype. He can handle, passes well, thinks the game and can score. He's a natural combo guard on the college level.
"I love to score. I can play point too. I'm just now being referred to as a combo guard."
Ratliff recently took his SAT and can't make a visit until the score comes back. He'll take the ACT this weekend. Right now, he's got five pretty good offers. He wants to decide before the beginning of the next school year.
Right now, we'd be willing to venture a guess that Iowa, Xavier and UConn look strong. Memphis used to be in the mix, but according to Ratliff, fell off pace when Darius Washington committed. Tigers assistant Tony Barbee went to the same high school as Ratliff and they have a very good relationship. "They're still recruiting me but I don't know with them signing another guard."
Last season, Ratliff averaged 18 points.