Arizona earns commitment from Texas transfer guard Courtney Ramey
Arizona is officially on a roll.
The Wildcats landed former Campbell guard Cedric Henderson Jr. on Thursday, and on Friday, the Wildcats earned a commitment from Texas transfer guard Courtney Ramey. He announced the news via Instagram, choosing UA over interest from Kansas State, West Virginia, and Illinois, among others.
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After four years with the Longhorns and appearances in 128 of a possible 129 games, Ramey entered the transfer portal at the end of March. He put his name into the NBA Draft pool at the same time, but pulled out prior to the June 1 deadline.
He gives coach Tommy Lloyd a veteran presence in the backcourt, with 106 career starts and a career 10 points-per-game average.
Ramey averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists a night last season while shooting 35% from 3-point range and 39% from the field. It was a slightly reduced role under first-year coach Chris Beard compared to what he saw as a junior under Shaka Smart. In 2020-21, Ramey averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 assists in 33 minutes a night while shooting 41% from the 3-point line. His usage rate dropped under Beard and his 3-point rate jumped over 50%.
Lloyd has done well to help offset what the Wildcats have lost this offseason. In terms of swaps, Henderson could fill in for Dalen Terry. The 6-foot-3 Ramey can slot into a secondary ball-handler role. The guard rotation could be pretty promising. Arizona has Kerr Kriisa, Pelle Larsson, and Adama Bal to go with Ramey and Henderson.