Ralph Mims led the Dragons to the Class A championship and a 23-0 record as a sophomore. He averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists per game as a sophomore, but picked up his game in the postseason as he averaged 26 points per game in the state tournament and had 31 in the state title game, a victory over Maryland recruit, Nick Carner-Medley's Deering High School team.
Unfortunately, they were upset by Bangor in the Final Four 62-48 last season. Bangor had revenge on their minds as they had lost to Brunswick 81-49 the previous season in the Final Four. Mims scored only 11 points while shooting a dismal 4-for-22 from the field. Brunswick entered the game with a 20-0 record as the top seed and a 44-game winning streak.
Mims admitted that it was tough to lose his first game in nearly two years
"I could not believe it. As a sophomore, we had six or seven seniors, so I was not expected to carry the team. Last year, it was more my team."
Mims is is the only returning starter, but he still has high hopes for the team.
"We don't have the same team as we've had the last two years. We have to get more focused and play hard. We have to build on that loss. That was just last year. "
"I told our coach that we will be in the top five. I have to carry the team on my back."
Mims is a native of Pensacola, Florida. His family moved to Maine three years ago when his father, a Navy commander master chief, was transferred to northern New England.
Mims is considering five schools and has visits planned this fall. He is considering Minnesota, Florida State, Providence and South Carolina. Mims may visit Minnesota in September and plans to go to Florida State in October. He plans to visit Miami of Florida as well, but has not set dates for any of the visits. Mims admitted that those three schools are the leaders.
Mims sees himself as a combo guard who can play minutes as a shooting guard and playmaker.
"My strengths are my aggressiveness. I can take the ball to the rock and I see the floor, being a basketball player."
Mims said that for the most part he has enjoyed his recruitment.
"At moments, I've gotten a bit tired, but overall I've enjoyed the recruiting process. I've been surprised by the attention of the southern schools."
Being a Florida native, Mims would not mind a return to his homestate.
"I'd like to maybe go south. That's what I'm pointing towards. But, that does not mean that other schools are not in the mix."
Mims is a strong player who is known as a defensive stopper. He uses his strength well and can hit the outside shot, but needs to be more consistent as a shooter.
Mims played this summer at the Double Pump Tournament in Los Angeles and with the Maine Select AAU team at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. Mims was named to the Best of the Best All-Star Game and some observers felt that he was among the top players in the camp.
Mims is not letting his athletic ability sit on the sidelines, as he is playing football this season. His team opens the season tonight. Mims says that he is a scrambling quarterback.
Mims admits that he is not very familiar with the Minnesota program.
"I don't know know that much. I know that they've had good players."
Minnesota assistant coach Vic Couch has been their main contact with Mims. Couch first spotted Mims at the Double Pump Tournament.