Ryan Klassen | Writer
UNIVERSITY of Louisville commit, Courtney Ramey, made his presence felt early and often at the Ramey-Jets United Tournament in Belleville, Illinois.
This past weekend (May 12 –13), the Ramey-Jets put on a tournament where star player of the Ramey-Jets United 17u put on a show. The opening game of the tournament, played at Belleville Middle School, was a relentless display of defense and fast-paced offense from the Jets. In the game and throughout the tournament, Ramey proved why he has generated so much interest from major Division I schools.
COURTNEY said he planned to start the tournament off with an aggressive play style to set the tone for the day. From that decision on, he never looked back. He kept pressure on the defense by constantly setting up plays that created uneven matchups so he could find an open teammate for an easy bucket. Whenever he could not set up a pass through a pick-and-roll or the defense played tight on his teammates, he drove the paint with ease for the high percentage lay-up.
THROUGHOUT the tournament, Ramey did not hesitate when he found himself in a situation where he could take an open three-point shot. Draining back-to-back threes in the first game, his confidence from long-range only grew. In between games, Ramey was challenged to a three-point contest very similar to a typical three-point shoot off. Having a two-hour break between games, Ramey decided he did not want to cool down too much and accepted the challenge. Each of the two shooters would have eight shots at five stations around the arch, making a total of 40 shots for each man. With a certain confidence that only a real baller can have, Ramey promised to shoot over 50 percent. Maybe it was just a good day for him, or maybe he wanted to prove that he can do more than just find an open man, but Ramey kept his promise. He finished with 25 shots made out of the 40 total attempts, shooting at just over 62 percent and winning the challenge soundly.
RAMEY describes himself as a taller point guard but does not forget his responsibilities of his position, “I think I am a pass first point guard and love to get opportunities for my teammates, but I can score.”
He believes his court vision is the best part of his game say, “sometimes I can see two steps ahead of everyone and it really puts me over the top,” but finds that sometimes he will start a game lackadaisical and wants to focus on coming out aggressive and, “staying hungry throughout the game.”
COURTNEY Ramey is around 6’3” and committed to Louisville in early February. Before he gets to Louisville though, he must first finish his senior year at Webster Groves in St. Louis, Missouri. He only has eyes for a second straight state title to finish his high school career, though he knows that after his season ends he must commit to trips to Louisville to get on the weight program. Courtney seems like a kid with the right kind of confidence, a drive to improve his game, and love for the game that can be infectious both on and off the court.