Texas Tech’s Ramsey, 18, declares for NBA draft

Texas Tech freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey declared for the 2020 NBA draft on Saturday.

The No. 23 prospect in the ESPN 100, Ramsey emerged as one of the top freshman guards in this year’s class with a strong season in the Big 12. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Red Raiders, shooting 43% from 3-point range. He was named Big 12 freshman of the year and awarded a spot on the All-Big 12 second team.

Ramsey has not hired an agent and said in his statement on Twitter that he will maintain his college eligibility.

Ramsey took a circuitous route to Texas Tech, starting his high school career at Duncanville in Dallas before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida, then transferring again to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia before finishing up back at Duncanville. He was ranked the No. 30 recruit in the country by ESPN but managed to exceed those lofty expectations with a strong freshman season that entered him into the one-and-done conversation.

The appeal around Ramsey is readily apparent on first glance, as he stands 6-foot-4, with a strong frame, solid athletic ability and terrific scoring instincts. He’s a gifted isolation scorer who can bully weaker guards and shows terrific shot-making prowess from all over the floor thanks to his unlimited confidence and excellent mechanics pulling up off the dribble from long vantage points.

Not turning 19 until June, he is one of the youngest players currently projected to be drafted.

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25, but following worldwide suspension of basketball activities, NBA teams are lobbying the league office to push it to August in order to salvage the pre-draft process, sources told ESPN earlier this month.

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