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Class of 2018 point guard Courtney Ramey talks recruiting, timeframe
By ADAM ZAGORIASPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Courtney Ramey, the former Louisville commit, is narrowing down his college options while planning to take several more visits.
“It’s going fun right now,” the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Ramey said after putting up 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as Webster Grove (MO) beat Mount Vernon (N.Y.), 90-75 at the Hoophall Classic. “This go-round is a lot easier than the first one. I feel I have a better understanding and colleges are more lenient and just letting me take my time this go-round.”
Ramey has taken officials Oklahoma State and Texas and will visit Villanova (Feb. 10) and UCLA (Feb. 16) in February. Assistants from Villanova and UCLA watched the game.
He broke down the four schools:
Texas: “It was a great visit. They played Kansas while we were there. It was a great atmosphere. The crowd got behind the team and stuff like that.”
Oklahoma State: “Oklahoma State was also a very fun visit, it was very genuine. I just feel like I can go in and play right away. It’s a great program. I see Jawun Evans and I saw video of me and him side by side so I can see that vision that they have for me.”
Villanova: “It’s just a great program with great history. They have great point guards. I look at [junior] Jalen Brunson as a great point guard. I could see myself coming behind his footsteps. If he stays he can lead me to be a great point guard.”
UCLA: “They say I’m a great point guard but I want to come in and work from day one. I don’t want anything given to me.”
Ramey is also considering Missouri, Louisville, Ohio State and Clemson, but is unsure if he’ll visit any of them.
“I have to sit down with my dad and talk about it,” he said.
As for a timetable on a decision, he said, “I want to wait until after the season so I can give my teammates my all.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.