Texas Tech freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey is headed to the next level and has submitted his name into the NBA Draft pool. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year averaged 15.0 PPG (5th in the Big 12), 4.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, and 1.3 SPG. Ramsey will likely make his living as a sharpshooting SG in the NBA. Ramsey shot 42.6% from three, which was the third best in the Big 12. His best looks happen on catch-and-shoot opportunities, which would make him a good edition to a motion offense. Ramsey has been projected as a late first rounder for the majority of the season. In most recent mock drafts he is projected at 24th (CBS), 23rd (ESPN), and 30th (Bleacher Report). Ramsey is the 5th Texas Tech player in the last 3 years to declare for the NBA draft. He will also likely be the 3rd straight Red Raider to be drafted as a first rounder.
The biggest concerns from scouts appear to be his ball handling and off-ball defense. It will be interesting to see how NBA teams value these things, as Ramsey will likely not be the teams primary ball handler. At 6’4”, Ramsey is just a little undersized for the traditional NBA shooting guard. It will be hard to know how much Ramsey’s size will impact his game until we see how the team who drafts him utilizes him in games. I imagine his play-style will mimic that of a Danny Green or Ray Allen type player. Staying on the wing, cutting, off-ball screening, and running floppy are things that will likely become staples of his NBA game.
Jahmi’us was the highest rated recruit to ever lace up in a Texas Tech jersey. He was a pivotal part of every win the team had this season. I wish Ramsey nothing but the best at the next level, and look forward to watching him compete in the NBA.