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Peter John Ramos
Position Center
Height 7 ft 3.5 in (2.22 m)
Weight 275 lb (125 kg)
League BSN
Team Quebradillas Pirates
Born May 23, 1985 (1985-05-23) (age 24)
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Nationality  Puerto Rico
High school Colegio Bautista
College None
Draft 2nd round, 32nd overall, 2004
Washington Wizards
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams Caguas Creoles
Washington Wizards
Roanoke Dazzle
Idaho Stampede
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada

Peter John Ramos (born May 23, 1985) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. Ramos is the sixth player from Puerto Rico to play in an NBA game and the third Puerto Rican drafted by the NBA. Ramos has played in the NBA, the D-League and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN) with Caguas Creoles. Ramos has been a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team since 2004. He was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Team that defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games. Ramos was selected as a NBDL All Star and earned All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention during the 2006-2007 season.

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Biography

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Early life

Ramos' father abandoned their home when he was five years old. He would then travel to New York with his mother and siblings.[1] Early in his life, Ramos' unusual height made him victim to verbal harassment.[1] In 1999 when he was fourteen years old, already seven feet tall, Ramos was noticed by former basketball player Santiago Gotay in a clothing store.[1] When Gotay learned that Ramos was born in Puerto Rico he contacted Felix Rivera, owner of the Caguas Creoles in the National Superior Basketball (BSN).[1]

Rivera decided to recruit Ramos and bring him to the BSN, and traveled to New York to offer him a contract, despite the fact he had not seen him play basketball.[1] Ramos met members of his family when he came to Caguas and he began studies at the Colegio Bautista. Under the guidance of coach Leonel Arril, Ramos began learning the techniques of the basketball game. Ramos continued getting taller, and by 2004 he was already 7'3". He led his high school to two National Championships. In the Puerto Rican Basketball League, Ramos developed quickly and in 2002, he won the Most Improved Player Award. In 2003 he earned a spot in the Puerto Rico national basketball team and participated in the Pan American Games.

National Basketball Association

Ramos participated in the 2004 season of the BSN, finishing with averages of 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.[1] In April Ramos announced he would enter the 2004 NBA Draft, hinting that he would withdraw if not a top 15 selection. On draft night, he was picked as the 32nd selection in the draft's second round, by the Washington Wizards. Frustrated with himself, Ramos abandoned the ceremony once the first round concluded.[1]

During summer of 2004, Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League, and was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Basketball Team which defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games.

During the 2004-2005 NBA season Ramos played in six games scoring 11 points with 4 rebounds and 1 block. Ramos spent most of the year on the inactive/injured reserve list.

During the summer of 2005, Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League for a second straight year.

At the start of the 2005-06 season Ramos was assigned to the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA Development League. He was called up by the Wizards on January 19, 2006, and reassigned back to Roanoke on 21 January. Ramos finished the season in the NBA D-League second in blocks with 78.

In 2006 Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League for a third straight year. And again represented Puerto Rico in the Basketball World Championship 2006. Ramos was waived by the Washington Wizards during 2006 Pre-Season Training Camp. On November 2, 2006, Ramos was drafted by the Idaho Stampede with the 9th pick of the first round of the 2006 NBA Development League draft. That season Ramos was selected as a participant for the NBDL All-Star Game, but did not participate in All Star game due to injury. On February 28, 2007, Ramos was waived by the Idaho Stampede due to injury. Ramos earned All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention for his 2006-2007 performance.

Europe

In 2007 Ramos returned to the Caguas Creoles of the National Superior Basketball after a two-year absence. He finished with an average of 17.5 points per game.[1]

During summer of 2007, Ramos represented Puerto Rico as a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team during the 2007 Pan-American Games winning the Silver Medal.

Ramos signed with Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada to play in the 2007-08 season of the Spanish Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto league,[2] Ramos played the 2008 BSN season with averages of 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was selected as a starter in the 2008 BSN All-Star Game, where he was selected the game'smost valuable player and scored twenty-two points and nine rebounds.[3] While Caguas participated in the BSN "Super-6" round, Ramos claimed that he had matured since traveling to Spain, which helped him in his game.[1]. Currently Ramos plays for Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico Professional League (BSN).

Career stats

  • Ramos's NBA stats in 6 games are 11 points with a 1.8 PPG, 4 rebounds with a 0.7 RPG, 1 block with a 0.2 BPG, a .500 field goal and .500 free throw percentage.
  • His NBA Development League stats in 76 games with 73 starts, 1,075 points with a 14.1 PPG, 80 assists with a 1.1 APG, 541 rebounds with a 7.1 RPG, 123 blocks with a 1.6 BPG, 23 steals with a 0.3 SPG, .574 field goal percentage and .606 free-throw percentage.

Career accomplishments

  • He became the third ever Puerto Rican player to be drafted by an NBA team
  • 2002 BSN Most Improved Player Award
  • 2006-2007 NBDL All-Star
  • 2006-2007 All-NBDL Honorable Mention

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Noel Piñero Planas (2008-06-02). "Deportes" (in Spanish). "No soy el mismo de antes. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día.  
  2. ^ Ramos winging his way to Fuenlabrada
  3. ^ Baloncesto Superior Nacional de Puerto Rico

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