Hidden Gem: Jordan Ratliffe
In Laurinburg, North Carolina, Scotland High School has obtained one of those hidden gems in Jordan Ratliffe. The 6’0, C/O 2016 point guard is as smooth as they come. He has a cool, calm and collected demeanor that affords him the opportunity to play at his own pace and dictate the flow of the game. He is that cold-blooded player that doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but it’s easily recognized that Ratliffe is invested and giving everything he’s got. He’s a silky player that stays leveled headed throughout the course of a game. You would never be able to tell if his team is up or down by looking at him. His style of play is what a team needs from their floor general so they can weather any storm. Ratliffe is poised and in control at all times, which translates into sound decision making and great leadership.
Defensively, Ratliffe is a fundamentally sound with light feet and good lateral movement. He does a good job staying in front of his man or getting back in front of him if he’s beat down the court. He’s extremely active, and somewhat antagonizing, constantly looking to utilize his savvy to outthink the man he’s defending. Ratliffe makes sure to stay low and up under his man. He shows flashes of being a solid help defender, using his quickness to jump in the passing lane for steals or providing weak side help keeping the ball away from big men. As he progresses Ratliffe will need to add more strength and muscle. Putting on additional body mass will aid him offensively and defensively. Ultimately, allowing Ratliffe to be ready for the next level as he transitions from high school to college basketball.
With an overall dynamic and scoring efficiency, Ratliffe grants himself the opportunity to be productive in scenarios where there seems to be none. His style of play reminds you of Dallas Mavericks guard, Monta Ellis – an attack-minded player who picks and chooses his attempts. Per MaxPrep, Ratliffe averaged 16.9 ppg, 3.4 apg, and 6.9 rpg for the 2014-2015 season, earning him a selection to the SEC All-Conference Team and Co-Player of the Year honors. Mark my words, it won’t be too long before this gem is uncovered and gains some attention from college coaches. Ratliffe will spend his summer on the AAU circuit with Big Shots Elite, so be on the lookout!