Scouting Report: Jahmi’us Ramsey
They say numbers never lie, but they can be misleading. As for Jahmi’us Ramsey, his numbers hold weight and show how valuable he can be to an NBA franchise. Ramsey is arguably one of the most underrated players in this class, but his great work ethic, high character, and production on the floor truly show his worth.
Draft Projection: Mid-Late Lottery
Best Case Scenario: Jrue Holiday/ Better 3pt shooting Demar DeRozan
Worst Case Scenario: Terrence Williams/Iman Shumpert
15.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 46.8 FG%, 45.2 3PT%, 65.0 FT%
Ramsey is a well-rounded prospect that can do anything on the floor that you ask. Good athlete, with upside to be great. So far this season, he is shooting the three at a historic rate. He is making three-pointers on 45.2% on 100 plus attempts. Since 2008, only four Freshmen from high-major programs have shot 45% or better on 100 plus three-point attempts. He currently ranks in the 89th percentile in catch-and-shoot according to Synergy; his mechanics are crisp, clean, and consistent.
However, Ramsey is more than just a scorer, he’s a very underrated passer. His 1.7 APG won’t jump out at you, but this guy that can run an offense. Under Coach Chris Beards’ system, he has learned how to play off the ball much better and using ball-handling skills not to just score but to create shots for others.
As for defense, he doesn’t defend, he disrupts. He is always in the right spot defensively and anticipates very well on/off the ball, which makes him one the best steal artists in the Big 12. Ramsey is also one of the best shot-blocking guards in the conference and is 2nd on the Red Raiders team in that category. A high IQ player that has bought into Beards’ system, puts his teammates first and brings a blue-collar mentality to the locker room.
Ramsey is a great 3PT shooter, but he relies on it a little too much. Often times he will have an opportunity to drive to the basket but will settle for a contested three. With him being a strong athlete, he should drive more often especially when he is in a shooting slump instead of trying to shot himself out of it.
Right now, he averages more turnovers than assists because he tries to make the highlight reel pass instead of making the simple one. Sometimes it would be best if he dribbles out to set up the offense instead of forcing the action. Ramsey is an efficient scorer but shoots poorly from the free-throw line. He has only been to the charity stripe 60 times all year, but that is a result of not attacking the basket. Finally, I would love to see him talk more in a leadership role. He is a freshman, but being 24 games in he has established himself as Texas Tech’s best player, and they look for him to lead when things go wrong.
Jahmi’us Ramsey is a versatile swingman that can run an offense in spurts for your team. An exceptional three-point shooter that scores on all three efficiently and effectively. Ramsey could come right into your organization and have an immediate impact on both ends of the floor. Already at his young age, his body appears NBA ready and the physical nature of the next level should not deter any franchise from selecting him the early parts of the first round.
At the beginning of the year, he was projected as a late first-round pick but is moving up draft boards pretty quickly. Ramsey could be the sleeper of this draft. Remember Kobe Bryant, Donovan Mitchell, and Devin Booker all went 13th in their draft classes.
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