Fast forward two years and the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe is regarded as the nation's top junior college player and he's averaging 26.9 points for CFCC against arguably the nation's most challenging schedule.
Ryan calls Ratliffe his best passer "but it's not like he can give himself an entry feed," the coach said. "He's not as conscientious about scoring as you would think because of the numbers. It's about winning with him."
Ratliffe is one of a post guys, both in high school and junior college, capable of coming in and having a significant impact next season. If you'll recall, Ratliffe was a late bloomer out of the Tidewater region. He played a supporting role alongside Marshawn Powell and Deshawn Painter on the Boo team. Now, he's a leading man ready to be recruited at the highest level.
"Right now there are a lot of guys touching base with him. He hasn't decided where he's going to go for visits. It's not as many schools as you would think that are on him. Everyone says he's the best kid in the country. They all say he's the best they've seen and he's a guy that can have an impact next year."
Ryan said Ratliffe is the head honcho, he's in charge of making his own decision. "He doesn't give us any indication of what school is leading. Ricardo's going to make up his own mind."