Five-star point guard Courtney Ramey just completed a very busy few weeks on the recruiting trail. The class of 2018 floor general took numerous visits, and had a great experience getting to know some of the schools on his list better.
“We started late with visits due to the fall league I run, so we couldn’t make trips until October,” said Ramey’s father Terrell. “We ended up making visits to Marquette, Iowa State, Creighton, Louisville, Texas, Northwestern, and finally Ohio State.”
The most recent visit was to Ohio State. This past weekend Ramey made his second visit to Columbus, and again liked what he saw from the Buckeyes.
“It was a cool visit,” said the elder Ramey. “We went to their scrimmage, so we had a chance to see them play. It was interesting for a lot of aspects.”
He continued about Ohio State, “Coach (Greg) Paulus, Coach (Thad) Matta, and Coach (Dave) Dickerson talked about needing guards and sold us on why they need a playmaker. They are looking for a true leader who can make plays. They have athletes and they have size, now they just need a playmaker at point guard.”
Before making it to Ohio State, the Rameys went to Texas to check in with Shaka Smart, and that was an impressive trip.
“Coach (Shaka) Smart is full of energy,” said Ramey. “You think he is a freshman looking for minutes with the energy he brings every day to practice. That was impressive. It was probably the most energetic practice we have been to. Seeing the camaraderie he has with his players was very impressive. Also there is a lot of support there for Shaka. He couldn’t make it two feet without people stopping him before the football game.”
He continued about Texas, “He showed us his style of play and how Courtney would fit in. Shaka sees a lot of Isaiah Taylor in Courtney. He thinks he can run the pick and roll like Isaiah did, and also pointed out how Courtney is a good rebounder like Isaiah was.”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino also made sure to stress how important a recruit that Ramey was to the Cardinals when he visited the ACC school.
“Coach Pitino tells him all the time that Courtney has the keys to the car waiting for him at Louisville,” said Ramey. “(Pitino) broke down to us how he doesn’t over recruit kids. He says Quentin Snider will be gone, and Donovan Mitchell will probably leave before his graduation date, and because of that he has to get an elite point guard in that class. That was our shortest visit, but the attention he got was impressive.”
Ramey continued, “In fact Coach Pitino plans to visit Courtney on Friday at his school.”
Also the Iowa State Cyclones have been a major factor in this recruitment. Steve Prohm has had a lot of success with guards in the past, and he is selling that to Ramey.
“He sold the fact that he has been successful with guards,” said Ramey. “He had Isaiah Cannon and Cameron Payne who are in the NBA, and now Monte Morris. Also he showed us how he runs an up tempo styale that is triggered by the guards.”
He continued, “Courtney got to hang out with Prohm and really liked him. Courtney has liked the conversations with a lot of coaches, but I know he definitely enjoyed the conversations with him.”
When it comes to a decision the elder Ramey says they don’t want to put a timetable on things.
“I have told Courtney to focus on picking the best opportunity educationally and athletically,” said Ramey “I told him to see how 2017 shapes up, and it isn’t a rush. Coaches may not be there in a few years so you don’t rush.
He continued, “We are big on comfort and having a strong relationship with the head coach. Also we are examining style of play and who he feels comfortable with. A decision could happen soon or it could be late, it is just a matter of when Courtney feels comfortable.