Ratliffe Has Big Title Game

The loaded Boo Williams team had a number of guys looking to raise their stock this past weekend. Steven Pledger did the most for himself, but Ricardo Ratliffe was right behind him, as he had a big weekend.

Ricardo Ratliffe stepped up his game on the big stage.

The 6-foot-7 power forward was in the midst of a solid weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational, but it was his final game of the event that stuck out the most, as he went for 23 points in the win.

"I played OK," Ratliffe said. "I scored and I rebounded well. I did better with the offensive rebounds than I did with the defensive."

Ratliffe was clearly being humble. The Hampton (Va.) Kecoughtan product took over the game when Daniel Orton was forced to the bench and was the primary reason Boo Williams was able to win the championship.

In the middle of the first half, Ratliffe began showcasing his skill inside by dropping in jump hooks and basically scoring at will in the paint. He was also able to get two And 1's and pinned a Kyle Hardrick shot on the backboard.

"It was the championship and as soon as I got in I started scoring," Ratliffe said. "Coach said if I play right he's going to keep me in, so I figured I wanted to stay in so I kept playing hard."

Ratliffe, who was actually a senior this past season, is unsure of his plans for next year. It appears prep school is a major option, but he said he's also hearing from a few high major programs.

"Virginia Tech [is coming hard], Clemson was looking at me, but they really stopped," Ratliffe said about his recruitment. "Rutgers and LaSalle in Philly. That's about it right now."

If his performance at the Boo Williams Invitational is any indication, he'll certainly have plenty more options whether it's in the 2008 or 2009 class.

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