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Prospect Profile

Richardo Ratliffe

  • Full Name: Richardo Ratliffe
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 244
  • Birthdate: April 20, 1989
  • College: Missouri

Strengths:
*Crafty and efficient scorer in the paint
*Can handle the ball
*Can make perimeter shots
*Excels in the pick and roll
*Plays with energy
*7-foot wingspan

Weaknesses:
*Doesn’t have prototypical four-man size

NBA projection:
Ratliffe is a second-round to undrafted prospect who may have to prove he can play the three spot in the NBA. He may have tried too hard to do that in the Portsmouth Invitational, taking a lot of perimeter shots, but he still had a decent showing in the three-day tournament, averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. NBA teams will have to see more from him during workouts.

2011-12 Season:
Ratliffe averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while starting 35 games. He was voted to the All-Big 12 second team by the coaches and Associated Press and was a USBWA All-District VI selection.

Key statistics:
13.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.6 tpg, 0.6 spg, 1.0 bpg, 26.2 mpg, .693 FG, .691FT

Cool statistic:
Ratliffe was the Missouri and Big 12 record holder in career (.635) and single-season field-goal percentage (.693.)

Reminds me of:
Antawn Jamison

What Insiders Say:
Missouri coach Frank Haith
"We don't have success if we don't have Ricardo's play. We need his production."

Missouri assistant coach Ernie Nestor
"His field-goal percentage belongs to him ... but it's also a function of the way the team plays around him," Nestor told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You want to work the ball a little with him. We bring the ball to him. He's our guy. He knows he's our guy. Everyone on our team knows he's our guy."

What Outsiders Say:
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy
"He’s a perfect fit on that team. He’s the true post threat that you have to give responsibility to on the defensive end, and with those guards shooting the ball as well as they are, he’s a great piece for them. So I don’t think they’d be anywhere near where they’re at without him. He’s proven he’s one of the better big men in the country, and he’s a senior, and he’s playing like a senior."
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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