Duke the strong favorite for former Texas basketball G Courtney Ramey?

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The biggest name among former Texas basketball players to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal so far this offseason is the former blue-chip recruit and senior guard Courtney Ramey. Just a couple of weeks following the conclusion of last season for Texas and head coach Chris Beard, Ramey was one of the first players from this team to surface in the transfer portal.

Ramey specifically originally the transfer portal back on March 31.

Moreover, Ramey is also the only former Longhorns player in the transfer portal at this point of the offseason that has yet to find his next home. But that doesn’t look to be due to a lack of suitors.

There appear to be two schools that remain in the thick of the running right now to land a commitment from Ramey out of the transfer portal. A report from Jeff Goodman of Stadium on Twitter on June 1 indicates that the Duke Blue Devils and Houston Cougars are the two schools in the running to land Ramey at the moment.

And with Ramey officially withdrawing his name from the 2022 NBA Draft pool, Duke or Houston appear to now be the two possibilities for where he will take his talents next season.

Duke trending for former Texas basketball transfer G Courtney Ramey?

An insightful report also emerged from Brendan Marks of The Athletic on the night of June 1 indicating that Duke could be the rising favorite to land the commitment of Ramey in the near future. The reason for that is the immediate opportunity for significant playing time.

Duke is losing freshman guard Trevor Keels to the NBA Draft, opening up a spot in this backcourt unit for Ramey. Meanwhile, Houston is likely to see their standout junior guard Marcus Sasser return for next season. That likely means more limited minutes for Ramey with the Cougars compared to the Blue Devils at the outset of next season.

The early indicators since Ramey withdrew his name from the NBA Draft pool seem to be pointing to him taking his talents to Duke out of the portal this offseason. That’s not set in stone as of yet, but Duke would have to be the favorite if one was named at this moment.

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Ramey spent four seasons as a starting guard for the Longhorns, where he picked up All-Big 12 honors during the 2020-21 campaign. In his four seasons playing for Texas, Ramey averaged 10.0 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc.