The Washington Wizards are likely to have a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...
2020 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jahmi'us Ramsey
Team: Texas Tech
Age: 18 (turns 19 in June)
2019/20 stats: 27 G, 31.2 mpg, 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.7 bpg, 44.2 FG% (5.5/12.4), 42.6 3PT% (2.2/5.2), 64.1 FT%
Player comparison: Sam Dekker, less explosive Donovan Mitchell
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 20th, Sports Illustrated 22nd, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net 24th, Bleacher Report 29th
5 things to know:
*Ramsey is another name adding to the list of young, multi-skilled combo guards in this year's class. While he doesn't have the true playmaking ability as many of the other guards projected to go in the lottery, Ramsey is a natural scorer with great shooting percentages. Many scouts see him as a key rotational player down the road.
*His accuracy at the free-throw line is a concern. Nowhere should a guard be shooting below 75% from the charity stripe and he was a whopping 64% during his first year of college. It's strange considering his distance shooting is fairly consistent. Now it was a small sample size (only 78 attempts at the line), but indicates that he will have some work to do once in the NBA.
*At Texas Tech, he was primarily in a point-guard role. The issue is Ramsey doesn't have the same passing ability that is expected from the point. He's a more natural fit off the ball as a shooter and has the stats to prove it. Defensively, he was one of the best defenders on the Red Raiders who can generate turnovers.
*Ramsey has not played on a team for multiple seasons since he was a sophomore in high school. For his junior year, he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida and moved to the highly regarded Oak Hill for his senior season. This is not uncommon for many top recruits, but notable for four teams in four years.
*Ramsey still has his collegiate eligibility by not signing with an agent, even though the NCAA allows players to sign with some agents throughout the process. It indicates he is likely to return and many believe going back to Lubbock could transform him into a top 10 pick next year.
Fit with Wizards: Some see Ramsey filling into a variety of roles for a team, as a point guard, shooting guard or a smaller wing. This could be encouraging for the Wizards wanting to invest in a player that possesses versatility and is still young enough to mold into a system.
The depth of the guard/ wing combination is slowly growing for Washington. The team has added Troy Brown Jr., Jerome Robinson, Ish Smith and Isaac Bonga over the past couple of seasons. Ramsey would be on the smaller end of that depth chart but provide shooting and solid positional defense. Even in his first year, he would push for minutes against that group.
What makes him more enticing than perhaps other prospect options around his draft stock is his 3-point ability. Every team needs a bench perimeter option to provide a spark, as he would be unlikely to be in a small lineup alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal.
His youth will allow the Wizards to get younger as well as the team only has two rostered players under 22. And while Ramsey is young he is a more than capable defender. He can generate new possessions off of steals and even blocked shots against his matchups.
Ramsey would be a part of a development plan for Washington and could be an integral piece when it comes to building their future.
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