From Inside the Red Raiders
Jahmi’us Ramsey‘s hoop dreams came true Wednesday night as the former Red Raider was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 43rd pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Ramsey is the third Texas Tech star to hear his name called on draft night in as many years following in the footsteps of Zhaire Smith, who was selected by the Phoenix Suns (and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers) with the 16th pick of the 2018 draft, and Jarrett Culver who was picked with the sixth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ramsey is also the second “one-and-done” in Red Raider history, but the second in three years as Smith was the first one to be drafted into the NBA after one season in Lubbock. In Ramsey’s lone season at Texas Tech he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game en route to being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
247Sports provided the following scouting report about the 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard earlier this week:
“Jahmi’us Ramsey is a long and athletic wing with a strong frame. He’s a plus athlete and makes for a versatile three-and-D wing. He shot over 40-percent from three this year at Texas Tech. He does need to get more consistent but with his ability to shoot, slash and defend multiple positions gives him a safe floor with upside.”
Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard and Ramsey shared a nice moment on social media earlier today on Twitter:
Inside the Red Raiders caught up with Ramsey’s high school coach, David Peavy, in a previous interview for, among many other things, some great insight into Ramsey’s personality. David Peavy’s son, Micah, who was a top 100 national player and is currently a freshman at Texas Tech, and Ramsey teamed up to lead Duncanville to the 2019 Texas Class 6A state title.
“Man, Jahmi’us is a great kid, a great kid. He’s a lot more mature than people know–super mature. He is just special,” David Peavy said. “Right now, I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself to be a one-and-done, but I try to talk to him and right now it looks like he has a chance to achieve that goal. I always try to tell him to enjoy the process and to trust the process, ‘I think if you trust it and you don’t skip any steps you’re going to be an NBA player whether it’s after one year, two years or ten years from now, if you stick to the script, follow the plan, it’s going to happen for you.’ That’s what I try to encourage him to do to try and take some of the pressure off him, but the kid, he’s a special talent. Now the world can see it. We got to see it every day. Him and Micah got to practice against each other every day to make themselves better and it was fun. Man, it was really fun. It created a real competitive environment for us every day.”