One of the top unsigned prospects in Arizona's 2019 senior class is AZ Compass Prep 6-foot-5 senior guard Carlos Ramsey. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Destiny High School, Ramsey moved to the state of Arizona this fall to attend AZ Compass for his senior season. Ultimately, the move was predicated on raising his overall college recruitment, and, even though his recruitment has yet to fully take off, Ramsey proved this week in his team's loss to Hillcrest Prep that he is worthy of some serious recruiting attention.
Currently, Ramsey has one scholarship offer to his credit from the University of Milwaukee. While not many college coaches have either not seen him play as of yet, or have not focused on his play, Ramsey is a true talent with serious toughness and a tremendous desire to compete at a high level. He is a mid-major talent that should begin to garner much higher college recruitment this spring, especially if he can continue the strong play that we have witnessed as of late.
In this week's match-up with Hillcrest and with his team struggling to score and get anything going in the first half, Ramsey displayed a serious competitive spirit that led to strong dunks in transition, a nice mid-range game that helped him blow past defenders, and an ability to make shots from the perimeter. A left-hander, Ramsey has an unorthodox approach to the game - making him difficult to defend for opposing players. He is also a very good defender that plays passing lanes, and also thrives while slashing to the basket and scoring in the open floor. While he needs to focus on his defensive principles and also shot selection to maximize his potential as a player, Ramsey makes up for whatever he lacks with superior toughness and drive to win - something that can only be gained through coming from the streets of the Mid-West.
Ramsey still has some work to do academically to become a full academic qualifier, which will ultimately raise his recruiting stock when the time comes this spring for him to land more offers for himself. He simply needs a test score to make it all possible, which he advised me that he recently took and feels confident that he will pass.
I will continue to follow Ramsey's progress the remainder of this prep season, and also during the spring evaluation period, and will look to update you as the season progresses on his college recruitment.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Ramsey is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and moved to the valley for his senior season this fall. A left hander with good size for the guard position, Ramsey is a scorer and is a 2/3 prospect that is also capable of handling the point guard position at certain times in the offense. He is a solid passer, but needs to see the floor better to take on or share the point guard responsibilities much more often - an attribute that would suit him nicely in his college recruitment and over time as a productive player. Ramsey is a good shooter of the basketball with some range on his shot, but he is at his best from mid-range and off the dribble where he is able to finish strong at the rim over and around defenders. He does not mind physical contact, and gets to the free-throw line as a result of his hard-nosed play and enjoyment in attacking the rim. A good ball handler, especially in the open floor or while slashing to the basket. A very good defender that enjoys playing defense, and accepting challenges of the opposing team's best player. An active rebounder. A good overall finisher. A very good sleeper prospect.