North Central HS (Indianapolis, IN)
Seizing his opportunity to shine in front of the assembled throng of coaches, Ratliff used his strong body and athleticism to get to the rim on numerous occasions, where he finished with a few emphatic slams. More importantly, he clearly established himself as one of the best shooters in the building and capped off his day by swishing a 45 footer to give his team an overtime victory in the night session. There is little doubt that North Central product is quickly playing his way into the top 50 of 2004.
(07.07.03) 6'1 A.J. Ratliff of Indianapolis North Central is making his first appearance at the Nike All-America Camp in what is the most important summer of his basketball career thus far. Ratliff has always been a star within the state of Indiana, but is now trying to pry his way on the national charts and commit to a high-major college program.
Going into camp, Ratliff says he has been receiving many calls from college coaches across the country. He is seriously considering interest from Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, North Carolina State, Purdue and Xavier. The offer from Kansas is the only new addition to the list.
(05.01.03) Many believe Ratliff is the most talented, underclassman in Indiana. Coach Doug Mitchell says he is more talented at same stage than North Central alum, Jason Gardner, a three year starter at Arizona. Exceptional athlete with great fundamentals. A scorer with outstanding, consistent jump shot and dribble penetration ability. 2004 Mr. Basketball candidate. Streets & Smiths High Honorable Underclassman High major prospect already being heavily recruited by Iowa and Indiana.
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