Courtney Ramey has earned the 2018 Missouri Basketball Class 5 Player of the Year Award! In 23 games, Ramey averaged 21.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 6.6 apg on 49% shooting from the field. He also shot just over 81% from the free throw strike. Besides the tremendous stat line, Ramey’s unrivaled point guard prowess led the 2017-2018 Statesmen to a repeat State Championship. As an unselfish, brilliant play-maker with court vision like no other player in Missouri, he was able to guide his team through the playoff gauntlet and hoist yet another championship trophy. Congrats to Courtney for an unforgettable season and a purely remarkable career!
Coach Jay Blossom has deservedly won the 2018 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year honors. His 2017-2018 Statesmen team posted a 22-9 record while playing a national schedule, many games of which Webster was without Ramey due to an early season broken wrist injury. Blossom’s decision to increase the regular season strength of schedule paid off in the playoffs as the Statesmen were prepared and built for all its post-season adversity. The Statesmen played against nearly 10 nationally-ranked teams this season; 4 of those teams finished the year listed on USA Today’s High School Hoops Nationally-Ranked Top 25 List (Memphis East, Brentwood Academy, Mountain Brook, Belleville West). The schedule also included strong national opponents such as Hudson Catholic (NJ), Oak Hill Academy (VA), Christ the King (NY), Mount Vernon (NY), Wheeler (GA), and Fern Creek (KY). Blossom’s impressive feat was his ability to challenge this year’s group and prepare them for its repeat state championship run while managing two superstars alongside a unit without much true varsity experience. He also was able to direct and manage an unusually large coaching staff with many different perspectives and personalities. Blossom has undoubtedly earned this season’s Coach of the Year award for the state of Missouri. Congrats, Coach Blossom!