COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon announced the addition of forward Trace Ramsey to the class of 2018 class Thursday. Ramsey fortifies a consensus top-15 recruiting class for Turgeon, who also welcomed forward Jalen Smith, and guards Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins and Serrel Smith to the fold for next season.
Ramsey is coming off a prep year at Bosco Institute, where he averaged 17.0 points per game last season. The Valparaiso, Ind. native was previously a standout player at Valparaiso high school, where he was a two-time Honorable Mention All-State choice and Indiana Top-50 selection as a senior. Ramsey earned first team all-area honors as a senior and was a two-time First Team All-Duneland Athletic Conference selection as a junior and senior.
Forward | 6-7 | 200 | Valparaiso, Ind. (Bosco Institute)
BEFORE MARYLAND: Spent a prep year at Bosco, Institute where he averaged 17.0 points per game with an 85% free throw percentage during 2017-18 season…Two-time Honorable Mention All-State selection…First team all-area as a senior…Two-time First Team All-Duneland Athletic Conference honoree…Averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game at Valparaiso High School as a senior…Helped team to 2017 Duneland Athletic Conference Title…Top-50 shot 57% from the field and 83% from the free throw line as a senior…Indiana Top-50 selection as a senior…Indiana Top-100 player as a junior…2017 First Team All-Northwest Indiana Times selection…2017 Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 selection…grew four inches between his sophomore and junior seasons in high school.
What They’re Saying
Head Coach Mark Turgeon: “We’re excited to welcome Trace to the University of Maryland. Trace is a great young man with a terrific family; he’ll be a great fit for our entire program. He loves playing basketball, and you can always find him in the gym. He’s a really skilled player who can play multiple positions. His combination of toughness and work ethic makes us confident that he has a tremendous upside.”
Trace Ramsey: “I’m really excited to join a successful program, and play and learn from someone like Coach Turgeon. Maryland is a great basketball program with strong tradition, and I’m excited I have a chance to build upon that. It is an outstanding university, and I’m excited to pursue a degree in business. I really enjoyed the process of getting to know Coach Turgeon. He’s extremely down to earth and he took an interest in me not only as a player, but as a person. I enjoyed getting to know my new teammates; it’s a family oriented and close knit group. I was really impressed with the facilities at Maryland. Being from Indiana I’m a fan of the Big Ten. I’ve had the ability to watch Maryland and I’m really impressed with the impact they’ve had on the conference. Much like Indiana, the state of Maryland loves basketball, and I just can’t wait to be a part of this great program.”
Trace’s Parents, Bob Ramsey and Kim Wallace: “We are thrilled to be a part of Maryland basketball. It is a program with rich tradition, and the university has an outstanding reputation as an academic institution. Coach Turgeon’s track record and ability to develop talented players speaks for itself. This convinced us, and certainly Trace, that Maryland is the best fit and place for him to continue his basketball career and education.”
Dave Maravilla, Head Coach Bosco Institute: “Trace is a very focused young man who came to work every day. He had a great work ethic, and on many occasions came to the gym on his own. He came here and set out to what he wanted to accomplish. Trace plays with an edge, and a toughness. He’s a versatile defender, who can switch off ball screens and defend four different positions. Trace has great length and athleticism; he’s a good passer and has a strong understanding of the game. He’s a winner, a great teammate and will do whatever it takes to put his team in a position to be a successful. Trace’s best basketball is ahead of him.”
Wayne Brumm, Head Coach A2P (AAU): “Trace is a very solid all-around young man. He shoots left, but he can really go hard with his right hand. He’s 6-7, has great vision and is a good passer. He’s very athletic and is a quality shooter. Trace can defend all four positions 1-4, and I really think that’s a strong point that Mark Turgeon likes about him. He’s the kind of kid you can win championships with. I’m excited for Trace that he’s going to play for Coach Turgeon at Maryland. Coach Turgeon has strong values and will be a great coach, teacher and mentor for Trace. He’s the kind of guy I want my kids playing for.”