Friday, July 23, 2010

Peter John Ramos 221 cm tall athlete

Tall athletes --Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Peter John Ramos 221 cm. 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) Tallest Professional Puerto Rican basketball player. Peter John Ramos (born May 23, 1985) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. Ramos is the sixth player from Puerto Rico to play in an NBA game and the third Puerto Rican drafted by the NBA. Ramos has played in the NBA, the D-League and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN) with Caguas Creoles. Ramos has been a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team since 2004.He was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Team that defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games. Ramos was selected as a NBDL All Star and earned All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention during the 2006-2007 season. The 13th tall athlete in the world.

Early life

Ramos' father abandoned their home when he was five years old. He would then travel to New York with his mother and siblings. Early in his life, Ramos' unusual height made him victim to verbal harassment. In 1999 when he was fourteen years old, already seven feet tall, Ramos was noticed by former basketball player Santiago Gotay in a clothing store. When Gotay learned that Ramos was born in Puerto Rico he contacted Felix Rivera, owner of the Caguas Creoles in the National Superior Basketball (BSN).

Rivera decided to recruit Ramos and bring him to the BSN, and traveled to New York to offer him a contract, despite the fact he had not seen him play basketball. Ramos met members of his family when he came to Caguas and he began studies at the Colegio Bautista. Under the guidance of coach Leonel Arril, Ramos began learning the techniques of the basketball game. Ramos continued getting taller, and by 2004 he was already 7'3". He led his high school to two National Championships. In the Puerto Rican Basketball League, Ramos developed quickly and in 2002, he won the Most Improved Player Award. In 2003 he earned a spot in the Puerto Rico national basketball team and participated in the Pan American Games.

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