Ricardo Ratliffe NBA Draft Profile

Ricardo Ratliffe NBA Draft Profile

Ricardo Ratliffe, Senior, Power Forward, Missouri



If there is a junior college award for something, there is a good chance Ricardo Ratliffe has it. The 6-8, 240 pound power forward absolutely dominated the juco ranks for two years at Central Florida Community College. He was named to the first team all-NJCAA All-America squad twice, just the 13th player to do so in the history of Division I junior college hoops. Ratliffe averaged 26.8 points and 11.0 rebounds as a freshman and 27.4 points and 11.3 rebounds as a sophomore. As the top junior college recruit in the class of 2010, Ratliffe had plenty of options and ended up suiting up for Missouri for the 2010-2011 season.

Ratliffe performed very well during his first year in the Division I ranks, averaging 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. His athleticism and versatility were always on display in Missouri’s fast paced offense and Ratliffe was certainly capable of running up and down the floor.

Final Projection:

The Hampton, Virginia native is pretty much a tweener when it comes to the NBA, although he will have a better opportunity to show off where he belongs during his senior season with a new coaching staff at Missouri. Ratliffe could be a small forward in the NBA and that is how he got to play last season. However, he is not much of a shooter and may be too lanky to be a true power forward. He is a tough player and a quality rebounder, but in the NBA opposing power forwards will be able to push him around and Ratliffe needs to be out in space attacking the basket, not planted underneath it.

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