There aren’t many players Mike Boynton has recruited harder over the years than he did Courtney Ramey. It ended up not working out, but Boynton could get another shot.
Ramey, who has played the past four seasons at Texas, entered the transfer portal Thursday. He also put his name in the NBA Draft pool while maintaining his last season of college eligibility.
A 6-foot-3 point guard, Ramey was the No. 43 player in the 2018 recruiting class. OSU offered him the October of his junior year of high school. Boynton visited Ramey in St. Louis five times between Oct. of 2017 and April of 2018, according to 247Sports. Ramey also made an official visit to OSU during that stretch. OSU was there every step of the way, but Shaka Smart and Texas ended up with Ramey’s commitment.
Boynton made reference to Ramey when asked if he ever got stressed out during Cade Cunningham’s recruitment process when Kentucky made a late push at the future No. 1 NBA Draft pick.
“I remember vividly getting in a car after some games and driving seven hours to St. Louis and driving back here two years ago, and that one (Courtney Ramey) didn’t work out,” Boynton said in 2019. “It’s never stressful because I believe we’re doing it the right way. We’ll get the kids who want to be here, that want to help us do what we think we can do to help.”
Boynton has coached against Ramey often over the years, and OSU’s coach has always had glowing things to say about him.
“I watched that kid a lot,” Boynton said in 2019. “He’s such a competitor. You knew he’d figure it out before long, and he has.”
“I cheer for all these guys, man, whether we get them or not,” Boynton said in 2020. “Obviously, I don’t want him to play well on [when OSU plays him]. But whatever success they have, I’m all for it. … He’s a really good kid from a great family, and whatever success he has outside of [when OSU plays him], I want to cheer for him.”
In four seasons with the Longhorns, Ramey averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game. His production dipped a bit this past season when Chris Beard took over. His best season was as a junior (2020-21) when he averaged 12.2 points and 3.9 assists a game.
At his end-of-season news conference, Boynton said he would like to add a point guard and 3-point shooting to next seasons roster, two attributes Ramey has. He is a career 37% 3-point shooter, and he had 358 assists to 240 turnovers while at Texas.
With Ramey entering the portal so recently, there haven’t been reports like OSU has reached out, but given Boynton was so involved with Ramey the first time around, it would be hard to imagine he wouldn’t at least kick the tires.
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