SwinCity: Where do we start? Let’s start from the beginning when you started playing Basketball.
Mr. Ramsey: Man, we’ve been playing since the game, I mean, since he was a baby. You know, basically, everybody got their story in the day. I introduced him to it as a toddler, and ever since then, sports [has] been in his life.
SwinCity: Why Basketball?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: I feel like [with] Basketball, [it] was the actual love for the sport rather than Football. Those where the last two that it came down to.
SwinCity: When did you make that decision? In high school or middle school?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Middle school
SwinCity: Now, was it 7th grade or 8th grade? I know some people…
Jahmi’us Ramsey: 8th grade.
SWINCITY: Ok. Cool.
Mr. Ramsey: That’s actually a great question because my oldest son was making a decision [as to] how he was going to go. So, by him just being in the mix, he said, “I can tell you right now, dad, it’s going to be Basketball for me.”
SWINCITY: So, you’re basically a sports family of athletes? Now, coming from [where] everyone plays Basketball and Football, with the transition to Basketball, when was the separation? Was it in the 8th grade or Freshman year?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: It was the season going into my Freshman year. I made the decision that I was done with Football.
SWINCITY (to Mr. Ramsey): So, when that decision was made, and the transition was made, were you pulling him or was he pulling you? Who started the push in the beginning?
Mr. Ramsey: No. It’s like I said, no push or pulling. I introduced [him to] both [of] the sports and [was] like, I’m letting them know, “You’ll probably have to make a decision at some point”. He was like, “I’m already” and that’s how it went. He said, “I already know [that] this is what I wanna do.”
SwinCity: The aspects of you choosing Basketball. When did you say, “I’ve got this! I’m going super c on this thing”?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Sophomore year. I had a breakout high school season and scored, like, 644 pts that season. That lead to my AAU summer with San Antonio Hard Work and that went to UA (Under Armour) finals and I’ve been this way ever since.
SWINCITY: That’s cool. You’re AAU play with UA San Antonio Hard Work. What made you go to Hard Work?
Mr. Ramsey: They offered more of a “mom and pop” situation which was D1 premiere. After Jahmi’us played [with] the little D1 Premiere situation, that was a great situation, too, and people started calling (AAU team coaches). They were showing him some love, showing honesty and all [of] that. I pretty much went with them (Hard Work) rather than Irving or these spots around here. We went to San Antonio and everything has been good. Hard Work is a great situation That’s why we went with them.
SWINCITY: You all know this past summer you finished with Proud Nation. What was the mindset in AAU in the summer ball world? What was the thought process?
I mean from 8th grade to the last hurrah?
Mr. Ramsey: Man, it’s just like for him, he [has] always been faced with adversity. As far as, not getting the right judgment. You know what I mean? With us, we already liked the situation where we [were] trying to be the best anyway. Add adversity on top of that [and] it’s something you don’t want to mess with. The end result is [that] we got to win. We got to have it.
SWINCITY: Not taking any shorts or losses.
Mr. Ramsey: That’s pretty much it for Summer ball. We’re going to work it better going after our goals.
SWINCITY: My question to you is, [with the] kids playing Basketball now. They have dreams and aspirations to be where you are and where you are going.
What would you tell a kid that is nine years old now?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: I’d tell him to listen to his parents, pray to GOD and stay focused. That’s a hard question for me, always, because I don’t feel like that should be asked of me right now because I haven’t achieved all my goals until I have been in the NBA and have played at least 10 years and get at least five All Stars. So, I feel like I’m a role model for the younger kids, but, not in the aspect of “give you a plan of hat to do in that young age”.
SwinCity: I hear you, but you’ve experienced the things that they are about to go through, and where they want to go, if I’m making sense. At this point, you have seen certain things – some you liked and disliked – you can tell them.
Mr. Ramsey (to Jahmi’us): He’s basically saying, they are going to have to go through this part of life that you’re going through right now. So, what would you tell them? Because, it’s not easy to even get to this point where you are now. What would you tell them?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: It’s going be some ups and downs for sure. Through the downs, you must keep pushing. You have [to have] an individual mindset [that] even when things are not going right, you may have to stay to yourself and spend some extra days in the gym [to] make sure [that] you perform for when the bright lights come on. You shine. You perform. But, try to keep an even keel through the highs and the lows.
SwinCity: You just took off.
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yeah.
SwinCity: Gotcha. Going off that piece and transitioning, I mean, you all [have] done public [school] and [have gone] against the grain aspect with going prep. Give me the short history on that.
Mr. Ramsey: That’s another good question. So, like Jahmi’us said, he won the UA Championship. We weren’t thinking about [going] prep but [we] were just talking about that for the Senior year. After he won, the calls started coming in right then, so that flipped our mindset into a different lane. He had to grow up quick and make some decisions. I told him, “They are calling now, and I think [that] you should do it. I want you to know what you are facing’. He ended up making the right decision, and if he hadn’t, I would have helped him. I was proud of him. He was like any other kid, he didn’t want to go. But I knew where we were trying to go in this game. What we wanted to do. It’s calling now. Let’s move on it now. He made the right decisions, but you need someone in your corner to make the right steps, the right decisions.
SwinCity: With that transition going to Prep IMG. How was IMG?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: IMG was great. It was the best high school [that] I’ve been [to] in my four years. I got a relationship there I’ll have forever. IMG is a great place.
SwinCity: What was the difference between prep [school] and public [school]?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Prep school was more college. Like, it gets you ready [for college]. Public school helps you stay in the mind frame that “you’re a kid”. Prep [school] gets you in the mindset [that] you’re about to become an adult.
SwinCity: With that mindset from IMG, going back into the public-school realm, how was the transition?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: For me, it was smooth. It just helps you [to] become more mature about different situations than regular public high school. You already have the experience of basically [the] college prep lifestyle. It’s easy for me to come back and go through certain situations because I’ve been through more already.
SwinCity: Right. Right. What was your mentality? You were away from home, your family and your friends. Was it an uncomfortable situation when you got there in the beginning?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Sure. I didn’t know nobody. I didn’t have a big name. None of that moved in and my roommate was somebody I’d had beef with on the court with UA. He’s a friend for life now. It was crazy. Then, we had another player come in that I’d had beef with on the court with from UA and it was wild. Now, we’re all friends for life now.
SwinCity: So basically, you’re telling me [that] you all earned each other’s respect. Even though you were beefing on the courts, you came to respect one another. You were going at each other’s heads, but, once you got there, you said, “I don’t like him”. But then, you came to say, “Hey, I like him” and “I can respect him” because he goes 100% just like you go 100% on the courts.
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yep. Yep.
Mr. Ramsey: I called them one night and they were playing a game. He and his friend, Josh Green, were playing a game and they started talking. They became great friends. That’s what I told them- “Basketball will take you around the world and you’ll have friends you never thought you’d have”.
SwinCity: That’s good stuff, man. Fast Forward: Duncanville High School and the State Championship.
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yep
SwinCity: What was the drive during the season?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Come back and win it all because I was leaving a special situation. That was the main goal. Knowing that many more accolades would come along with it. And that’s exactly what happened
SwinCity: You have a 16-year-old kid and he’s on JV. He comes to you and says “I want to be where you are. Can I work out with you?” What would you tell him?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: “Sure! It’s a lot of hard work and dedication. If you make the commitment to get in when I get in, sure, come on!”
SwinCity: Mr. Ramsey, let’s talk about kids being stars at an early age. How do you help Jahmi’us remain focused?
Mr. Ramsey: These days, the time has fast-forwarded that are kids now are phenoms in high school, so to speak. They can get lost in that because it’s so much fame. Like people walk up to these kids. Even with my son [who] is one of the kids [who] is one of [the]phenoms, so to speak. They can get throwed off if the guidance or mindset is not right because [of] all [of] the pictures and autographs and all that can go to someone’s head. But, understanding [that] this is not the end result, it won’t go to a kid’s head. I know that can easily happen because it puts you in the limelight. You are actually experiencing what an NBA player [is] experiencing, but, without a check. As far as, you are walking somewhere, being in the mix it’s, gratifying. But it can actually mess your head up if you’re not focused on not achieving the main goal.
SwinCity: So, with all [of] this attention you were getting, what did your dad tell you, with all of this coming at you?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: “Stay focused. That’s all I have for you.”
Mr. Ramsey: I have heard this football player his kids. Anytime they do something, he would allow them to enjoy none [of] it. He told them, “You all haven’t made it yet.” I’m not a fan of that, but I am conscious of what can go on. You just handle your business, stay humble and let people know [that] you appreciate them because you will be there one day. You want to do it because it reminds you that you came along way and that you deserve this.
SwinCity: it’s part of the job description.
Mr. Ramsey: Yes!!! It comes with it, even if I feel that he’s gotten off track a little, I’ll pull him to the side and remind him, “This is what you signed up for”.
SwinCity: Cool. Cool! What’s the next stop?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: After the All-Star Fest, it’s Texas Tech.
SwinCity: Texas Tech University! Are you excited about that?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yes sir!!
SwinCity: Have you put yourself in that mindset already?
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yes. Four hours in the gym today and thinking about making the Final Four.
SwinCity: We appreciate you. Appreciate your time. Thank you!
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Yes sir.