Sophomore point guard Courtney Ramey plays with the inspiration of one goal: to get a college education.
In 2010, Ramey was 10 years old and in fourth grade when his mother, Angie Marie Turner, died.
“My mom died, and I wanted to do something that she would be proud of, something that would get me to college,” Ramey said. “My mom’s dream was for me to go to college.”
Ramey added the memory of his mother’s death keeps him grounded and gives him motivation to keep pushing forward in basketball and life.
The Statesmen’s budding star has already received scholarship offers from the University of Rhode Island, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, Jacksonville State University, University of Mississippi, Kansas State University, Saint Louis University, University of Iowa, Creighton University and University of Illinois.
Ramey received his first offer from Jacksonville State when he was in eighth grade.
Ramey said he would like to attend North Carolina State if given an offer.
“I like their style of play, their coach (Mark Gottfried), and I could see myself playing for them in the future,” Ramey said.
Ramey started playing basketball at age eight for his dad Tim Ramey’s team. Ramey moved to Webster during sixth grade after attending the Saint Louis Christian Academy in Saint Louis City.
Ramey currently plays for the AAU team Jets Ramey United and won the AAU national championship with Team Ramey in fourth grade.
In the past, SLU recruit Zeke Moore and current Portland Trail Blazers player Myers Leonard have both played for Team Ramey, which is now called Jets Ramey United.
Ramey is currently ranked third in Missouri for the 2018 class, according to 247sports, and is ranked 50th in the nation overall and is the ninth ranked point guard in the class of 2018.
After being a key contributor as a freshman on last year’s 24-6 team, Ramey said he will become a more vocal leader for this year’s team. Ramey added, “I will pick up my team when they are down.”
Ramey will also replace the offensive void left from the departures of last year’s two leading scorers Stephen Harris and Alex Floresca.
Men’s basketball coach Jay Blossom said, “This year everybody’s role will increase. Courtney will be asked to score more; hopefully every facet of his game will improve. Moving into the starting lineup, I think Courtney will have an outstanding year.”
Ramey said, “(I have gotten where I am) from hard work, patience and being able to take feedback from criticism,” and “my competitiveness, leadership and being pass-first” have been things that make him a special player.
About Ramey, Blossom also said, “Courtney has a good understanding of the game, he sees the court, is a great distributor, an outstanding rebounder. He uses his length to his advantage (Ramey is 6’-0”–which is tall for a point guard). He is just a really smart kid in general, and he has all the tools to be a really special player.”
Ramey was third in scoring on last year’s team, averaging 7.7 points per game. Ramey also averaged 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.
Ramey has averaged 10.7 points, six assists, 6.7 rebounds, four steals per game, and has an assist to turnover ratio of 9:1 for the Satesman in their 3-0 and a championship in the Webster Classic. The Statesman won all three games by over 30 points.