SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Point guard Devearl Ramsey, a four-star recruit out of high school, will transfer to UC Santa Barbara from the University of Nevada and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2017-18 season, head coach Joe Pasternack announced Wednesday.
"I am really excited about adding Devearl Ramsey," Pasternack said. "I've watched him from eighth grade all the way through his senior year in high school. Whether it was USA Basketball, Sierra Canyon or California Supreme EYBL, he's been a standout at every level. He's tough, smart and unselfish, every quality we want in a point guard. Devearl is also a great student and we're very much looking forward to having him in our program."
"I'm excited about joining UCSB," Ramsey said. "I think it's going to be a great experience for me. The school is great and it's in a beautiful location. I'm thrilled to start this new journey with a new coach that has passion about the program. It's going to be a great ride and I can't wait to get it started.
Ramsey played in 26 games and made two starts during his freshman season at Nevada. He had season-highs of five points and nine assists in an overtime win over New Mexico, and he had a best of six rebounds against UNLV. In his 213 minutes, Ramsey had 26 assists and a mere four turnovers.
A native of Los Angeles, the 5-foot-10, 170 pound Ramsey was a four-star recruit out of Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth. In addition to Nevada, he was recruited by USC, Texas, Michigan, Cal, North Carolina State, Memphis and Washington. He helped Sierra Canyon to the California State Division V state championship. Ramsey earned all-state and all-league honors as a senior after averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.3 steals and shot 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. In his 88-game career at Sierra Canyon, he scored 1,225 points, grabbed 312 rebounds, passed off for 422 assists and had 88 steals.
In addition to his experience at Nevada and Sierra Canyon, Ramsey competed for USA Basketball at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, both of which won gold medals. The 2014 U17 World Championship Team posted a 7-0 record and captured the gold in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 2013 U16 Team was a perfect 5-0 en route to the gold at the tournament in Maldonado, Uruguay. Ramsey was also named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team and he participated in the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ramsey is the second transfer that Pasternack has added, having also brought in graduate transfer guard Marcus Jackson from Rice University. Jackson will be eligible to play immediately and will have one season of activity remaining.