2016 Devearl Ramsey and 2017 Cody Riley are top players in their respective classes and high school teammates at Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, CA. Get to know more about Ramsey and Riley in this Q&A session with PointGuardU.com.
Tell us about some of your teammates.
Ramsey: I really enjoy playing with everybody. Teaming up in the backcourt with Aaron Holiday makes the game more fun.
Riley: I enjoy playing with all of my teammates. Everybody is unselfish and we really push each other.
How do you make your teammates better as a point guard?
Ramsey: I try to create for others off penetration.
How do you balance scoring and setting up other guys?
Ramsey: Getting my teammates involved first and scoring the ball when needed.
How do you balance playing physical inside and showing your perimeter shot?
Riley: Just watch who’s guarding me. If it’s a smaller guy on me, I’ll take them inside. If it’s a bigger guy, I’ll take them outside and try to use my quickness against them.
Are you more of a power forward or a small forward?
Riley: Right now, more of a power forward, but I’m working on transitioning to the small forward position.
How have your coaches helped you develop?
Ramsey: They encourage me to be a more vocal leader.
Riley: They help me by allowing to play my game and putting me in positions where I can play to my strengths.
Describe your style of play and what you are best at.
Ramsey: Being able to score and create for others and being able to pick up full court.
Riley: Being able to knock down open jumpers and my passing ability.
What parts of your game need the most work?
Ramsey: The parts that need the most work are getting my teammates involved, and overall point guard skills.
Riley: Ball handling and go-to moves.
Tell us about your high school season.
Ramsey: We came up a little short in the state playoffs. It was a fun season but the way it ended was disappointing at the same time.
Riley: We went 28-4 and have most guys coming back and we’re looking forward to next season.
What are your goals for the AAU season?
Ramsey: The biggest goal is to win Peach Jam.
Riley: Winning Peach Jam and playing the way I’m capable of playing are my goals.
What schools have recruited you the hardest so far?
Ramsey: USC, Arizona, and Washington.
Riley: I have offers from Arizona, USC, and Kansas with UConn, Cal and Texas showing interest.
What will you look for in a college?
Ramsey: Style of play and a system that emphasizes defense.
Riley: Mostly a good connection with coaching staff.