Ratliffe Emerges As Impact JC

Ricardo Ratliffe gets 26 points a night for Central Florida Community College. He's a rare spring impact recruit and a guy we're going to follow closely this season.

Tim Ryan remembers the first time he say Ricardo Ratliffe. It was with the Boo Williams crew at the Peach Jam shortly after Ratliffe's senior season. Ryan drove eight hours to watch his future power forward. Right then and there, the Central Florida Community College coach knew he needed to land Ratliffe.

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.

Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas and Clemson are on him the hardest, Ryan said. Kentucky's coming this week and Connecticut and Louisville have been in. Charlotte, TCU and Indiana recently called.

"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."

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