Keith Ramsey Commits to Mizzou

For quite a while now, Mizzou fans have anxiously awaited word on Okaloosa-Walton College forward Keith Ramsey, a junior college sophomore rated among the top junior college forwards in the nation. Well, wait no longer: Ramsey is a Missouri Tiger, and has the breaking news. Read below for details...

"I committed to Missouri today," said Ramsey, a 6-foot-8 combo forward who will join Mizzou's roster as a junior in 2008-2009 and could very well start immediately. "I liked the [coaches at Arkansas], but I really liked coach Anderson and coach T.J. [Cleveland]."

Ramsey, who is the seventh commitment and should finish MU's recruiting efforts for this class, is an extremely versatile player who averaged 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, three assists, three steals and.7 blocks per game last year as a juco freshman. He was also sought by Minnesota, Tennessee, UNLV and others, but a longstanding relationship with the MU staff, which had recruited him while at Alabama-Birmingham, proved to be the difference.

"They were really excited" about the decision, Ramsey said. "They see me as a playmaker, doing a little bit of everything."

To get a feel for Ramsey's game, here's what OKC coach Bruce Stewart told us this summer: ""He's a long, 6-8 three-man. Be brings a lot of shot-blocking and rebounding to the small forward position, but he also has very good ball skills for his size. He can get a rebound, take it up the court and make a point guard play,"

Ramsey took his official visit to MU a few weeks ago, and then went on trips to Arkansas, South Florida and Middle Tennessee State, which is located in his hometown of Murfreesboro, TN. But the combination of the facilities, the staff and the players at Mizzou was too much for anyone else to overcome.

"I'm excited [and] it's a relief. Now I can focus on one thing instead of focusing on three different things," Ramsey said.

"Tell all of the Mizzou fans I said thanks for their support, and that I'm happy to be a Tiger."

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