Ramey said All-Star experience is something he'll never forget

Photo by Les Dixon

South Laurel's JJ Ramey puts up a shot during second half action of Saturday's Ohio-Kentucky All-Star game. Ramey finished with 11 points.

CRESTVIEW HILLS -- South Laurel's JJ Ramey saw his high school career come to an end on Saturday after the Kentucky All-Stars dropped a 112-108 decision to the Ohio All-Stars.

Kentucky led by as many as 20 points throughout the game and held a 97-80 advantage with less than six minutes remaining before losing by four points.

But even though his team lost, it's an experience Ramey said he'll never forget.

"This was a great experience," Ramey said. "I was able to compete against some great players. This was a whole new level. I was able to go against Ohio's Mr. Basketball and it was tough."

Ramey finished the game with 11 points, and four rebounds, and also won the Slam Dunk Contest on Friday by edging out University Heights' Kyky Tandy.

"I was able to contribute," he said. "I had a great coach and he knew what he was talking about and we all listened to him. We played really hard, but just came up short."

"This was a great three-day weekend," he added. "I got to meet a lot of great players and I got to play with a lot of great players. I really enjoyed this a lot. This is probably one of my best experiences in my high school career, but going to Rupp (Arena) was big."

Ramey will now further his basketball career next year at The University of Pikeville.

"It goes by real quick," Ramey said. "It seems like yesterday I was a freshman. But this is a great way to end my high school career. But I do get to further my career at Pikeville, so I'm excited."

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