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2020 NBA Draft profile: Jahmi'us Ramsey could be type of shooter to entice Sixers at pick 22

2020 NBA Draft profile: Jahmi'us Ramsey could be type of shooter to entice Sixers at pick 22

Jahmi'us Ramsey

Position: SG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
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. 

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Fit

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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Sixers Talk podcast: More NBA teams close facilities; Mike Scott opens up

Sixers Talk podcast: More NBA teams close facilities; Mike Scott opens up

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss more NBA teams shutting down their facilities, Mike Scott not liking the league's jersey idea and much more — including Marc Zumoff's exclusive interview with Allen Iverson. 

(0:46) — Bucks, Kings shut practice facilities after receiving COVID-19 test results
(10:16) — Mike Scott calls NBA's jersey message plan a 'bad miss'
(17:06) — Allen Iverson interview with Marc Zumoff.

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Mike Scott wants focus to remain on racial equality but thinks NBA jersey idea is 'terrible'

Mike Scott wants focus to remain on racial equality but thinks NBA jersey idea is 'terrible'

As the Sixers have made more players available leading up to the NBA’s attempt at a restart, we’ve gotten a little perspective on the idea of the “bubble” and playing games with no fans in Disney World.

Players have talked about the global pandemic and protests against racial inequality and police brutality continuing in the country. While there’s been a couple concerns raised, you can’t help but wonder if we’re getting the players’ true feelings on the entire situation.

If there’s one thing we’ve come to know about Mike Scott, it’s that you’ll never be left wondering what he was thinking after he speaks. In a video conference call with reporters Monday, Scott voiced serious concerns over returning to play.

Yeah,” Scott said when asked if it’s hard to get excited to play again. “Just trying to change your mentality from what’s going on and being with your family and making sure they’re safe and racism, coronavirus, and then turn and switch it on to go to Orlando and playing basketball. Easier said than done.

"Most people would [think] it should be pretty easy, just think about basketball, but I don’t know, man. It’s tough. Just thinking about it after what’s gone on the past couple months. I’ve been dealing with that and just trying to work out every day, get my mind ready for Orlando, but at the same time how can you not look and focus on everything else that’s going on? It’s definitely tough.

While always honest, Scott is generally one of the more positive players on the team. He’s always good for a quote that’ll get people talking and for his brutally honest assessments of how he played.

Monday’s media session was sobering. It was obvious in the 15 or so minutes that he spoke with reporters that he still has a lot of raw emotion in the wake of the death of George Floyd and similar incidents that have occurred around the country.

A lot of anger, disappointment,” Scott said. “Just questioning a lot of stuff like, ‘What’s going on in this world? How can people be so evil?’ Just a lot of anger, man. Mostly just anger. Using my platform … I’m more reserved, laid back, and I’m more of let’s just do it instead of just talking about it. Just go out there and just do it. … There was a lot of anger and [I'm] still angry.

Health and safety concerns are paramount to the NBA’s return, but so too is making sure that in a league made up of predominantly Black athletes, the voices of the players are heard. Several players expressed concern of an NBA return taking away from racial equality causes. 

The league will reportedly try to help players “call attention to racial equality, social justice and police brutality.” “Black Lives Matter” will reportedly be painted on all three courts in Disney World, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Zach Lowe.

Another step the league is reportedly taking is allowing players to have messages on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. The phrases come from an approved list of 29 agreed upon by the NBA and NBPA, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated.

Scott isn’t sure what the best way to keep spreading these messages is, but he’s not a fan of the jersey idea. He wishes the players could’ve had more input.

They gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of jerseys,” Scott said. “That was terrible. It was a bad list, bad choice. They didn’t give players a chance to voice their opinion on it. They just gave us a list to pick from. That was bad. That’s terrible. Just voice your opinion, how you feel. 

“I don’t know how you can use your platform. I don’t know. Vote. Of course, vote. See what laws we can change. But I’m all about just doing, instead of just saying or posting or putting something on the back of your jersey. I don’t think that’s going to stop anything. I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know.

While Scott is glad to have his teammates to lean on, he still can’t help but be affected by what’s happening outside his own bubble.

“A lot of dialogue with teammates and coaches, especially with Tobias [Harris],” Scott said. “He’s been keeping us together and me and him have been talking every day about what’s going on in the world. It’s just a lot of frustration. Just a terrible time, a crazy time right now.”

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