Courtney Ramey recruitment: A timeline
Nearly two months ago, the father of Webster Groves point guard and Missouri target Courtney Ramey spoke about the Missouri men’s basketball program.
“You never know,” Terrell Ramey said of the program’s chances at landing his son. “We’re uncommitted, and you never know what can turn. That’s why you deal with the recruiting process.”
Weeks later, Missouri offered the player who was once committed to Louisville. On Tuesday, the entire Tigers staff visited Courtney Ramey. Here’s a look at all of the twists and turns in this recruitment:
Feb. 3, 2017: Citing former Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s full court press, Courtney Ramey, who Rivals.com ranks the No. 40 player in the 2018 class and who averaged 21.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists as a senior at Webster Groves, committed to Louisville.
September 27, 2017: A day after Pitino was removed from his post as Louisville’s head coach due to his naming amid the F.B.I. investigation, Ramey de-committed from Louisville.
Oct. 3, 2017: Nearly a week after he reopened his recruitment, Courtney Ramey earned a visit from Cuonzo Martin and the Missouri coaching staff. That day, Terrell Ramey spoke to Martin and said: “You have to get to know Courtney. Courtney doesn’t know you. You have to build that relationship up. And he was like, ‘Got it.’”
Dec. 28, 2017: While Missouri’s interest waned in the months following Missouri’s visit, a number of schools jumped in the mix for Courtney Ramey. Oklahoma State and coach Mike Boynton were one of them. Texas and Shaka Smart was another. On this day, Ramey visited Austin, Texas.
Courtney Ramey talks visits to Texas & Oklahoma State, plus upcoming trips to Villanova & Oklahoma State | Story: https://t.co/nE6e5LRuXapic.twitter.com/vHaA5qmMgs — Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) January 16, 2018
Feb. 7, 2018: Terrel Ramey opens up to the Missourian about his son’s recruitment by the Tigers. He discussed Missouri’s visiting in September and ensuing absence since and said: “It’s weird. It’s weird, man. It’s weird.”
Feb. 21, 2018: Months after questions from fans regarding the Missouri lack of interest in the state’s top player in the 2018 class, the Tigers offered Ramey.
March 2, 2018: The day after his Webster Groves team beat Vianney to win the Class 5 District 6 championship, Courtney Ramey drove down Interstate 70 to watch Missouri face Arkansas. He was accompanied by coach Jay Blossom and Webster Groves assistant Johnnie Parker.
April 5, 2018: After weeks of news regarding visits from those like Southern Methodist coach Tim Jankovich and Oklahoma State’s Boynton, Courtney Ramey posted his top-10 list of schools on Instagram.
April 9, 2018: Former Xavier coach Chris Mack was hired at Louisville to replace interim coach David Padgett. In some of his first comments as head coach, Mack referenced Courtney Ramey by name and said the Cardinals were not recruiting Ramey.
April 16, 2018: On Monday, it was reported Texas was visiting Courtney Ramey, Missouri’s staff on Tuesday and, yes, Louisville’s staff on Wednesday. Since Mack’s comments, the Cardinals had jumped back in the mix with the Webster Groves product.