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2020 NBA Draft Profiles: Jahmi’us Ramsey

19 year-old Jahmi’us Ramsey is a fun prospect, due to his youth, athleticism, and 3-point shooting. If he falls to the Grizzlies, should they go for him?

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NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jahmi’us Ramsey, Wing, Texas Tech University

  • 2019-2020 Season Stats: 27 games played, 31.2 minutes per game, 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 44.2% shooting, 64.1 free throw shooting
  • ADVANCED STATS STRENGTHS: Defensive Win Shares Per 40 Minutes (0.081), Defensive Rating (93.2), 3PT Percentage (42.1)
  • ADVANCED STATS WEAKNESSES: Free Throw Percentage (64.1), FTA Rate (.233), Offensive Rating (104.6)
  • CURRENT BIG BOARD RANKINGS: ESPN (29th), CBS Sports (36th), The Athletic (45th), The Ringer (37th), Tankathon (20th)
  • ACCOLADES: 2019-20 Big 12 Rookie of the Year, 2019-20 All-Big 12 (2nd team), 2019-20 Big 12 All-Freshman

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard could potentially help another one of his players emerge as a 1st round pick for the 3rd straight season — after going over a decade without a Red Raider basketball player being drafted.

Jahmi’us Ramsey is up next.

The late-blooming player emerged as a focal point for a good Texas Tech team, and with his age, physical profile and enticing scoring arsenal, he’ll be an interesting draft prospect to follow on draft night. How high or low will Ramsey go on the draft boards? Can he show he can be a complementary player at the next level?

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

What he does well

Jahmi’us Ramsey can flat score.

In his lone season at Texas Tech, Ramsey averaged 15 points a game, while shooting a blistering 42.1 percent from 3-point range. He also scored 1.27 points per catch-and-shoot attempt in the half-court this past season, ranking in the 91st percentile. When you combine his 3-point numbers with his youth and athleticism, he’ll surely garner interest from many front offices. Shooting is at a premium, and in his short time in college he showed he can be a 3-point marksman.

Ramsey also flashed his chops as a shot creator, as he was in the 88th percentile in isolation possessions (1.0 PPP). Though he won’t be a go-to, isolation scorer in the NBA, it’s promising when a projected 3-and-D player can flourish off the dribble.

Ramsey is also a solid transition player, as he’s a plus athlete who can finish above the rim with regularity. He scored 1.17 points per transition possession, which falls in the 76th percentile. As the league continues to transition towards pace and space, Ramsey can emerge as a draft commodity, since he’s an accurate 3-point shooter that can play in transition and create off the dribble.

What he can improve on

Jahmi’us Ramsey still needs to polish his game in the half court. He fell in the 34th percentile in points per shot around the rim in the half court (1.02 PPP), and in the 32nd percentile in points per dribble shot in the half court (0.67). He’ll have to round out his offensive arsenal in that aspect, as the tempo usually slows down when games matter most. If he doesn’t, he’ll be regulated as a spot-up shooter, or he’d be off the floor in general.

In addition, I’d like to see him improve his chops as a playmaker. He averaged 2.2 assists against 2.0 turnovers, despite being the go-to option. Right now, he projects as a streaky shooter that’s hit or miss — in similar vein to Dion Waiters and JR Smith, as The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor highlights in his draft guide. Those archetypes are valuable, as they can win you a big game — or even lose you a game(!), but teams are gunning smarter shooters that make the right reads within the offense. If Ramsey doesn’t evolve as a playmaker, how long will he be able to stick around?

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The fit and verdict

If Jahmi’us Ramsey fell to the Grizzlies at 40, he would be a good value pick. Right now, the mission is to build a supporting cast of Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Brandon Clarke. If a 19 year-old athletic wing that shot 40+ percent from 3 is on the board in the second round, that’s a good, calculated move here. He could continue to work on his game with the Memphis Hustle next season, but he also has the upside where he could potentially emerge as a contributor in 2020-21 too. Ramsey is a guy you can slot next to Ja Morant in the backcourt, and he’d run the floor well with him, while spacing the floor for driving lanes.

However, I’m willing to bet he’s not on the board for the Grizzlies in 40. It’s hard to envision a contender using a late 1st on him; the only team in the late-20’s I could see picking him is the (probably) rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder. On the other hand, a team in the early 2nd round that already has a first-round pick will likely bite on this gamble — probably a team like the Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, or Philadelphia 76ers.

Verdict: Jahmi’us Ramsey is not on the board for the Memphis Grizzlies at 40. He’ll fall in the second round.

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