All of Troy’reon Ramos’ career, his basketball game has spoken.

On the field, that was hardly a costly flaw for the Pine Bluff High School point guard. Ramos’ ground leadership was key in helping the Zebras win back-to-back 5A-South Conference championships and reach the 5A state semifinals in March.

But, according to coach Billy Dixon, it cost Ramos a scholarship to a senior-level college basketball program because the very vocal college coach didn’t think Ramos’ calm disposition was an extension of him.

Apparently, new Arkansas Baptist College coach Eric Bozeman saw the potential to make Ramos’ voice heard and offered him a scholarship to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics campus in Little Rock.

“It’s something I need to improve, and I will,” Ramos said Thursday after signing a letter of intent to run with the Buffaloes. “Every team needs a good point guard, and it starts somewhere, so being a vocal point guard can help the team perform better.”

Ramos has not only been an effective goalscorer for Pine Bluff, but also a clutch performer. He gave the go-ahead with 43 seconds left in overtime of a state quarterfinal game against Vilonia last March. For the season, he averaged 16.7 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals per game, earning All-State honors.

Ramos had been a college starter for three years.

“When you bring in a sophomore and he played ninth-grade basketball, that’s just not the intensity and the physicality that we play with,” Dixon said. “To be a calm kid, you have to let your game defend you. That’s what we did. We threw him in the fire in second grade and let him get his feet wet. He had no choice. We said, ‘Brother, you have to do it,’ and he did. He’s been an all-conference player for three years and an all-state player for two years, and to do that in our conference and in our rankings is a huge accomplishment. Troy let his game defend it on the basketball court.”

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