It was planned from the start, but the Texas basketball program and new head coach Chris Beard got confirmation over the holiday weekend that former four-star rookie and rising goaltender Courtney Ramey would return for. the 2021-22 season. Texas aren’t getting many players back from last season’s squad heading into the 2021-22 campaign, so Ramey’s official return is important.
Texas will lose senior center Jericho Sims, first-year forward Greg Brown, second-year forward Kai Jones and senior guard Matt Coleman, to the NBA Draft. A number of other notable names have left the Longhorns for the NCAA transfer portal, including second-year shooting / wing guard Donovan Williams and second-year center Will Baker.
Yet recent Longhorns basketball players were already entering the transfer portal ahead of former head coach Shaka Smart’s departure and Beard’s subsequent hiring on April 1. Texas has actually found more hope and a hint of stability for their current roster. since Beard moved to Forty Acres a few months ago.
Ramey’s return for next season is a good step for Texas in terms of building some level of roster stability this summer. Texas could use some of it as a leading voice in the locker room that can also be a stabilizing force in key moments next season.
There is, however, a fair amount of veteran leadership returning for the Longhorns next season. It’s also a lot more than one presumes would come back before this offseason.
Courtney Ramey’s official return to Texas basketball means so much
Texas reclaim Ramey, senior shooting winger / guard Andrew Jones, junior forward Brock Cunningham and senior shooting guard Jase Febres. That’s enough for Texas to at least have the base of a familiar rotation for Beard’s inaugural Austin campaign.
Ramey is one of the best and most proven two-way guards in the Big 12. And he’s likely to be one of the starting goalies for the Longhorns next season. He could be part of a starting backcourt that includes former Kentucky Wildcats first-year goaltender Devin Askew or Jones.
The official report that Ramey will be retiring from the 2021 NBA draft class to return to the Forty Acres for at least one more season came from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein’s Twitter timeline on the afternoon of July 3. This good news is something to work on in Texas during the summer months.
What Ramey brings back with him ahead of his senior campaign is a junior season where he has found more consistency than ever before. Last season, he averaged 12.2 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.1 blocks. And he shot 38.3% from the field, 41.4% from beyond the arc and 83.1% from the free throw line.
Texas are now heading into next season with what appears to be one of the best and most complete starting units in the Big 12. Beard has done a great job so far this offseason to put together a roster that could yet be. be a work in progress this summer. .