PFB - Rankings the Fits: Why Oklahoma State is Best Landing Spot for Courtney Ramey

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Feb 17, 2018
Oklahoma State, on paper, is the best fit for 2018 point guard prospect Courtney Ramey.

Sure, this is an OSU blog and all. So the #bias might be #real. But a quick check of his final schools and potential landing spots suggests it’s true. No other school has a better opportunity to offer — and outside a few, it’s not all that close, either.

Let’s take a look at his final schools and each situation he’s examining, sans for South Carolina which likely took itself off of the board by accepting a point guard commit this weekend.

Let’s rank the fits, countdown style, from 9 to 1 for Ramey, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2018 class.

9. Illinois

Despite losing former four-star prospect Mark Smith to transfer, Illinois still has loads of talent incoming at the guard position in five-star Ayo Dosunmu and junior college star Andres Feliz, the latter of which figures to be the biggest reason why Illinois isn’t a fit.

With two point guards coming in for next season and two more on the roster — Te’Jon Lucas and Trent Frazier — there’s simply no room for Ramey in Champaign. And Brad Underwood’s acceptance of the commitment of Feliz last week marked an unofficial calling off of the dogs in his recruitment.

8. Oregon

Oregon is perhaps the dark horse contender no one is talking about. The Ducks have a top-3 recruiting class but no point guard to put alongside five-star Bol Bol and five-star Louis King. Still yet, youngster Payton Pritchard is entrenched as a returning starter, and returning redshirt freshman Will Johnson appears to be in line for backup duties.

7. Louisville

Louisville admitted last week it was no longer recruiting Ramey — even Chris Mack said as much in a press conference. But according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, the Cardinals are set for an in-home visit with him on Wednesday.

Ramey was previously committed to Louisville before Rick Pitino was fired. Mack has zero incoming recruits, so getting him to commit to a program that has been decimated in Pitino’s ouster will be a tough sell.

6. SMU

SMU appears to be unrelenting in its pursuit of Ramey, as they made a visit to see him in person earlier last week. Although SMU doesn’t have a point guard signed for 2018, Jahmal McMurray and Elijah Landrum’s return indicate there isn’t much to offer in terms of guaranteed playing time right away.

5. Ohio State

Ohio State has a top-25 recruiting class but no point guard signed. In senior CJ Jackson, Archie Miller has an incumbent starter, but beyond that the situation is bleak. The Buckeyes are shopping the transfer market hard.

4. Minnesota

Minnesota’s immediate outlook as a program is .. not great. But returning starter Isaiah Washington leaves Ramey likely looking elsewhere.

3. Texas

Returning freshman Matt Coleman came into his own down the stretch of the season, and is likely ready for a role as a full-time starter. Beyond that, though, Texas could use depth at the position. Ramey makes some sense here.

2. Missouri

Missouri is expected to conduct an in-home visit with Ramey, despite accepting a commitment from Illinois transfer Mark Smith. The Tigers were thought to be out of the running after that weekend development, but things don’t appear to be done on that front.

Smith will sit next season due to NCAA transfer rules.

1. Oklahoma State

With Kendall Smith and Brandon Averette gone, Michael Weathers, a Miami (Ohio) transfer, is set to take on ball-handling duties. But who will share ball-handling duties is yet to be determined. Ramey could be Weathers’ backup, or could be talented enough to be the co-point guard in a guard heavy lineup that involves Weathers on the wing.

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