Jahmi’Us Ramsey is a scoring-minded wing from Texas Tech. As a freshman, he averaged 15 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.7 BPG, and 2 TOPG on shooting splits of 44/43/64. Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Jahmius Ramsey
Height/Weight: 6’4/ 195
Wingspan/ standing reach: N/A
Hand size: N/A
College/ country: Texas Tech
Tools: Scoring, athleticism
- Great athlete
- Good jump shooting upside
- Plus slasher with good first step
- Great in transition
- Passing upside; he’s able to read defenses to make creative passes
- Must improve left hand
- Needs to improve ball handling skill
- Jump shot needs slight polishing- off hand and follow through can use improvement
- Needs to make quicker & better decisions with the ball
- Ball watches defensively and gets beat by off-ball fakes
- Lacks great body control defensively- off balance & falls often
- Needs to improve finishing at the rim
Ramsey is an offensive-minded wing that will likely see his best immediate impact come from shooting. Despite an outlier percentage at the line, Ramsey’s jump shot form shows optimism in the shot translating rather smoothly. Ramsey is a better shooter in catch & shoot situations, but he is also capable shooting off the dribble. In order to maximize his offensive skillset, he will need to develop his left hand and improve his finishing ability at the rim. While he has a plus first step that helps him attack the basket, Ramsey often gets lost in decision-making at the rim, which may partially stem from his weak left-hand ability. One example of his decision-making at the rim is shown below. This play should have been a simple left hand finish, but he instead opted for a difficult pass out of the drive right into the defender’s hands:
Defensively, Ramsey gives up his position more easily than most wings. He lacks high-end recovery ability that scouts rave of in wing defenders, he bites on fakes too often, and can sometimes be aloof on the defensive end overall. While he has the strength and frame to be a successful defender, he is still raw on that end. However, it’s not all negative, and many of the weaknesses on that end can be attributed to his youth.
NBA Comparison: Floor: Timothe-Luwawu Cabarrot; ceiling: Rodney Hood
Projected draft range: 20-45
Oklahoma City (25): OKC has done a nice job developing some raw wings, but those wings still leave a lot to be desired on offense. Ramsey plays an immediate role offensively as a shooter, and if he hits, they have a solid rotation player that will serve primarily as a scorer.
Washington (37): To me, this is the best landing spot because of Scott Brooks’ record of developing talent, plus the play-style the Wizards run being favorable to players like Ramsey.
Lakers (28): Ramsey’s weaknesses can be easily neutralized by him playing a limited minutes role for the remainder of LeBron James’ contract. Offensively, he can be a spark plug if he develops quickly, or at worst he can be a pure spot up shooter.
Philadelphia (21/34/36): The 76ers are in a dire search for offense, and they’ll have 3 potential chances to select Ramsey. Like LA, his role should emphasize his offense, and the talent around him can easily neutralize his defensive woes.
Fit with Dallas:
Ramsey’s fit in Dallas is a little dicey. While the shooting is an immediate benefit, his flaws largely align with the common traits of players that have failed to develop under Rick Carlisle. Poor decision-makers that make avoidable mistakes on both ends of the court without a great secondary skill to overcome the mental errors often fail under Carlisle. However, if those mistakes are seen as fixable by Dallas’ front office, there’s a chance the Mavs get a rotation player with a plus shot out of Ramsey. The Mavs will need to heavily weigh the likelihood of each outcome, as Ramsey is a somewhat polarizing prospect for a team like Dallas to consider.