School: Texas Tech
Jahmi'us Ramsey’s high school career took him a few different places. He started off in Texas then went to powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida before returning to a different high school in Texas. He played just one season at Texas Tech and certainly left his mark.
The 18-year-old led the Red Raiders in scoring and was fifth in the Big 12. He was the first Texas Tech player to win Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He also made the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Second Team. Overall, Ramsey averaged 15 points in 31.2 minutes a game.
If Ramsey flashed one elite trait, it was his shooting. He hit 42.6 percent from three on 5.2 attempts per game. It was over a healthy sample size (60 of 141) and he did it against some elite competition in the Big 12. He uses screens well and could be used in some of the dribble handoff actions the Sixers like to run.
Ramsey is a good athlete and plays taller than his 6-foot-4 frame. He’s listed at 195, but he looks bigger than that. His body is NBA-ready, and he won’t turn 19 for another month.
He was a willing and capable defender in college. He was able to use his size and athleticism as an on-ball defender and also showed potential as an off-ball defender with 1.3 steals a game. He should have no issue guarding NBA ones and twos.
His free throw percentage (64.1) is a cause for concern. His form is solid, and he shot it at an elite clip from three, but that’s a low number for a player that’s known for his shot. Though he showed potential shooting off the dribble, his numbers from his freshman year show he was much better in catch-and-shoot situations.
Ramsey doesn’t have much shot creation or playmaking skills. At 6-foot-4, he doesn’t have the vision or handle to play the one but will be undersized as a two. His shot selection was also questionable as he tended to get tunnel vision.
Though he flashes excellent athleticism he can be a little stiff in his movements. It’s fair to wonder how that will affect his defense at the next level. He was also a bit jumpy, falling for pass and shot fakes frequently.
Ramsey could very well be on the board at pick 22. At just 18 years old, he might not fit the exact mold of what the Sixers are looking for, but he has traits that are intriguing. He'd likely spend the bulk of his rookie season in the G League if the Sixers were to draft him.
If Ramsey's three-point shooting translates, he could wind up being an excellent fit with the Sixers. He was a microwave scorer at Texas Tech and was fearless. If he progresses defensively and is able to guard ones and twos, he could become a solid two-way NBA player.
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