The Louisville Cardinals brought in one of the best recruiting classes in 2017, and now again things are rolling for Rick Pitino as he is off to a great start in 2018. After getting things going with Anfernee Simons, the Cardinals added five-star floor general Courtney Ramey to make up a very impressive backcourt haul so far.
Ramey has an excellent combination of basketball IQ, size, and skill to be one of the best point guards in the class. Currently a top 20 prospect, Ramey is the type of kid Pitino loves because he can be the extension of the coach on the court on the offensive end, and then also is long and athletic enough to be a major factor on defense as well.
At around 6-foot-3 Ramey isn’t the elite athlete with blazing speed like guys such as Terry Rozier, Russ Smith, and Peyton Siva like Louisville has had in the past, but he does have some similar traits to current point guard Quentin Snider.
Ramey is an excellent shooter, he is smart with the ball, and also he really knows how to make plays for others. Also Ramey is a bit better athlete than Snider is, so he can more than handle himself in that regard.
Where this gets interesting is combining Ramey with Simons. Simons is a bit more of an athlete than Ramey, but still he gets most of his damage done with his ability to shoot and being excellent making decisions in transition.
Simons isn’t quite as refined in terms of feel for the game, especially in the halfcourt, but he does know what he is doing with the ball, and like Ramey is a point guard.
From a pure complementary perspective, Ramey and Simons aren’t perfect pieces who fit together because like to play on the ball, but by that same token it isn’t difficult to see a way that they play on the court at the same time.
Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach for a reason, and there is no reason to think he will struggle to find a way to put two smart, fairly athletic, and good shooting guards on the court at the same time. Quite honestly, even a terrible coach would find it very easily to make these two work in a two point guard scheme.
Louisville is still not done in the backcourt. With Simons and Ramey in the fold, the Cardinals are going to be all in on local star and five-star prospect Romeo Langford who has the Cardinals in his top group of schools.