Panther Staff Embracing Past & Building for Future
Ronald Ramon returns for his final season as a combination guard for Pitt. A courageous, unselfish, tough, smart and soft-spoken player who leads by example, Ramon has emerged as one of Pitt's most efficient 3-point shooters in school history with a 40.5 career 3-point percentage. Ramon has proven to be an efficent ball handler, streaky shooter and solid distributor who makes teammates better around him. He has also proved his versatility in assuming several different roles with the team including action as both a starter and reserve, primary ball handler or off guard and as a defensive stopper or secondary defender. Described as a "cross" between former Pitt guards Sean Miller and Brandin Knight and mentioned as the "oil" that makes the engine run, Ramon elevates his shooting in Big East play as he sports a career 42.6 3-point percentage (85-129) and led the Big East in 3-point shooting percentage (.516 in league games) as a sophomore. One of Pitt's most popular players both on and off the court, Ramon has proven to be an outstanding role model.
Over his three seasons, has appeared in 98 games with 33 starts...Averages 8.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for career...Ranks among school leaders in 3-point field goals made (166), 3-point field goal attempts (410) and 3-point field goal percentage (.405)...Reached double figure scoring in 36 career games...Also is an 83.5 percent free throw shooter...Owns a career 1.79 career assist:turnover ratio which ranks among school leaders.
Saw action in all 37 games...Earned team's Free Throw Shooting Award at team banquet...Ranked among Big East leaders in 3-point field goals made (10th, 2.00 3FG per game)...Converted 45.1 percent (74-164) of his 3-point attempts on the year and hit 46.5 percent in Big East Conference play...Reached double figures in 17 of 37 games...Hit at least one 3-pointer in 33 of 37 games on year...Averaged 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent (10-16) from 3-point range in Pitt's three NCAA Tournament games...Led Pitt with 12 points (4-7 3FG) in 26 minutes of NCAA Regional vs. UCLA, 3/22...Scored 12 points (2-3 3FG) and a hit key 3-pointer in overtime of NCAA Second Round vs. VCU, 3/17...Scored a game-high 14 points (5-8 FG), hit 4-6 3-pointers and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 26 minutes of NCAA First Round vs. Wright State, 3/15... Finished with 10 points (2-2 3FG) and dished out three assists in 26 minutes off the bench vs. West Virginia, 2/27...Hit three 3-point field goals, finished with 11 points at Georgetown, 2/24...Scored nine points (2-3 3FG) in 22 minutes at Seton Hall, 2/19...Finished with 11 points (3-4 FG), hit 1-2 3-pointers and 4-4 free throws, dished out three assists and had two steals in 28 minutes vs. Washington, 2/17...Scored 10 points (2-2 3FG) and hit 4-4 free throws in 25 minutes at West Virginia, 2/8...Scored 10 points, hit 3-4 3-pointers in 22 minutes at Cincinnati, 1/24...Finished with a season-high 17 points (4-5 FG), hit 4-4 3-point field goals and 5-6 free throws in 22 minutes vs. Connecticut, 1/16...Scored 10 points (3-4 FG) in 21 minutes vs. Georgetown, 1/13...Finished with nine points (3-5 3FG) with five assists in 25 minutes vs. USF, 1/7...Scored 12 points (4-8 FG), dished out three assists in 22 minutes at Syracuse, 1/4...Finished with 11 points, hit 3-10 3-point field goals, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists vs. Florida A&M, 12/30...Scored eight points (2-3 3FG) with four assists in 21 minutes vs. Dayton, 12/23...Scored 16 points (4-10 3FG) and set career-highs for field goal attempts (14) and 3-point field goal attempts (10) at Wisconsin, 12/16...Finished with a career-high tying five rebounds vs. Duquesne, 12/6...Scored 13 points (5-8 FG) including 3-6 3-point field goals in 23 minutes off the bench at Auburn, 12/3...Scored 12 points (4-5 FG), hit 4-5 3-pointers, finished with five assists vs. Florida State, 11/24...Hit 3-4 3-pointers, scored nine points vs. Delaware State, 11/14...Scored 16 points, hit a career-high tying five 3-pointers (on six attempts), dished out four assists in Maggie Dixon Classic vs. Western Michigan, 11/12.
Played in all 33 games including starts in each of the last 29 contests...Led team with an .831 free throw percentage (54-65) and 2.14 assist:turnover ratio and ranked third on squad in scoring (8.0 ppg.)...Recorded a Big East leading .508 percentage (32-63) on 3-point field goals in league play...Hit double figure scoring in 13 games on the year...Hit double figures in 10 of the last 18 games and in seven of his last 10 contests...Finished with eight points in NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Bradley, 3/19...Shot a perfect 6-6 with two 3-pointers and scored a season-high tying 16 points (10 in first half) in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Kent State, 3/17...Played 21 minutes vs. Syracuse in the Big East Championship final, 3/11...Scored 10 points (3-8 FG) in Big East Championship quarterfinal vs. West Virginia, 3/9...Scored 12 points (5-6 FG), hit two 3-pointers in 34 minutes at West Virginia, 2/27...Hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points in 27 minutes at Marquette, 2/18...Scored 11 points, hit two 3-pointers in 33 minutes at Providence, 2/15...Scored 14 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3FG) and handed out six assists vs. Cincinnati, 2/12...Scored a season-high 16 points (5-9 FG, 4-6 3FG) and grabbed a season-high four rebounds in a 35-minute performance vs. West Virginia, 2/9...Scored 11 points (4-8 FG), hit 3-6 3-pointers in 27 minutes at Georgetown, 2/5...Scored nine points (4-6 FG) with five assists in 24 minutes at Connecticut, 1/31...Scored a then season-tying 13 points, dished out four assists and shot 4-7 from the field in 27 minutes vs. Marquette, 1/28...Scored 11 points (4-6 FG), hit three 3-pointers, dished out four assists vs. Syracuse, 1/23...Had 10 points and hit career-high 7-7 free throws vs. Rutgers, 1/18...Played 26 minutes, scored eight points including two 3-pointers at Louisville, 1/15...Hit game-winning 3-pointer from the corner in double overtime, made eighth consecutive start, tied a career-high 35 minutes and scored 12 points vs. Notre Dame, 1/4...Dished out six assists in 20 minutes vs. Wisconsin, 12/31...Scored 10 points, hit 5-5 free throws in 23 minutes vs. Coppin State, 12/21...Started first game of the season, played 26 minutes, scored eight points, had two steals and dished out a career-high eight assists vs. Auburn, 12/4...Played 26 minutes off the bench, scored seven points and limited Christian Brown to two second half points after he scored 18 in the first half vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 11/29...Scored 13 points (4-7 FG), hit two 3-pointers and dished out four assists vs. Robert Morris, 11/23.
Earned Big East All-Rookie Team honors...Earned the team's Free Throw Shooting Award...Ranked among Pitt's all-time freshman leaders in three 3-point categories (3FG made, 3FG attempts, 3FG pct.)...Led squad and ranked among the school's top-10 in assist:turnover ratio (2.26)...Led Panthers in free throw shooting percentage (.774, 24-31)...Played in 28 total games with four starts (Howard, Robert Morris, Loyola, Richmond)...Missed the road West Virginia game with a right shoulder injury...Over a five-game span (12/29-1/15), hit 14-of-25 3-point attempts (.560)...Finished with five assists at Syracuse, 2/14...Converted 3-8 3-pointers, scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds vs. Notre Dame, 2/12...Scored nine points (6-6 FT) in 26 minutes vs. Providence, 1/31...Registered a career-high five steals in 32 minutes at St. John's, 1/18...Scored a career-high 21 points on a career-high five 3-pointers (5-9) and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with eight seconds to help Pitt win at Rutgers, 1/8...Converted 3-6 3-pointers, finished with 11 points in 21 minutes vs. South Carolina, 12/29...Scored 10 points in a 35-minute starting assignment vs. Richmond, 12/23...Scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting vs. Loyola, 11/27...In his freshman debut game, scored 12 points, dished out six assists, finished with five rebounds and hit 4-6 3-pointers vs. Howard, 11/20...Became the first freshman to start a season opener since Ricardo Greer on Nov. 17, 1997.
A 2004 graduate of All Hallows High School in Bronx, N.Y., where he played for Head Coach Edwin Gonzalez...Also played for Coach John Carey...Averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 assists per game and hit 97 3-pointers in 27 games as a senior...High school jersey No. 14 was retired at the conclusion of his career...Named to the New York Daily News and Newsday All-City First Teams and received nomination for city player of the year as a senior...Led team with 19.2 points and five assists per game averages as a junior...Selected New York Daily News All-City and Second Team All-City by Newsday as both a junior and sophomore...Averaged 15 points and six assists while leading All Hallows to the CHSAA championship game as a sophomore...Rated as the No. 117 player nationally by HoopScooponline...Played five seasons for one of the nation's most prestigious AAU programs, the New York Gauchos...Led the Gauchos to two national titles and one national runner-up finish (since the age of 13)...Led Gauchos to the nation's No. 1 ranking during the summer of 2003 while showcasing his talent at both the Peach Jam Classic in Augusta, Ga. and Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla....Named Most Valuable Player, scored 23 points, hit five 3-pointers including three in the final five minutes, registered six assists and four steals in the Wendy's All-Star Shootout in Chicago...Scored nine points in the Pittsburgh World Hoops Classic All-Star Game at the Petersen Events Center in April, 2004.
Born Ronald Ramon on January 14, 1986...Son of Ricardo and Josephina and stepmother Maria Ramon...Has four sisters--Mayara, Kimberly, Michelle and Laura...Father Ricardo Ramon played professional basketball in the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Argentina...Other New York Gauchos players who also played at Pitt include Jerry McCullough, Eric Mobley and current Pitt assistant coach Orlando Antigua...Native Dominican who follows in the footsteps of several former Pitt Dominican players, including Ricardo Greer, Jaime Peterson and Antigua...Fluent in Spanish...Nickname is "Double R," for Ronald Ramon...Favorite food is rice and beans with chicken...His role model is his father because he "showed him everything"...Played on same AAU team as Russel Robinson (Kansas) and Sundiata Gaines (Georgia)...Made Pitt his first official college visit...Roommate of teammate Keith Benjamin...Completed a communications internship at FSN-Pittsburgh...Majors in communications.
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