Peter John Ramos
Peter John Ramos Fuentes (born May 23, 1985) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player who last played for the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). He is the sixth player from Puerto Rico to play in an NBA game and the third Puerto Rican drafted in the NBA draft. Ramos has played in the National Basketball Association, the NBA Development League, the Chinese Basketball Association and the Philippine Basketball Association. 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 2006–07 season.
|No. 3 – free agent|
|Born||May 23, 1985|
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
|Listed height||7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)|
|Listed weight||295 lb (134 kg)|
|High school||Colegio Bautista de Caguas|
(Caguas, Puerto Rico)
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|2001–2004||Criollos de Caguas|
|2007||Criollos de Caguas|
|2009–2012||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2011||Seoul Samsung Thunders|
|2013||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2014||Brujos de Guayama|
|2015||Brujos de Guayama|
|2015||Metros de Santiago|
|2015–2016||Jilin Northeast Tigers|
|2016–2017||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2017–2018||Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor|
|2018||Leones de Ponce|
|2018–2019||San Miguel Alab Pilipinas|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 Criollos de Caguas 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.
National Basketball AssociationEdit
Ramos participated in the 2004 season of the BSN, finishing with averages of 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In April Ramos announced he would enter the 2004 NBA Draft, hinting that he would withdraw if not a top 15 selection. On draft night, he was picked as the 32nd selection in the draft's second round, by the Washington Wizards. Frustrated with himself, Ramos abandoned the ceremony once the first round concluded.
During summer of 2004, Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League, and was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Basketball Team which defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games.
During the 2004–05 NBA season Ramos played in six games scoring 11 points with 4 rebounds and 1 block. Ramos spent most of the year on the inactive/injured reserve list.
During the summer of 2005, Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League for a second straight year.
At the start of the 2005–06 season Ramos was assigned to the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA Development League. He was called up by the Wizards on January 19, 2006, and reassigned back to Roanoke on 21 January. Ramos finished the season in the NBA D-League second in blocks with 78.
In 2006 Ramos participated with the Wizards during the NBA Summer Pro League for a third straight year. And again represented Puerto Rico in the Basketball World Championship 2006. Ramos was waived by the Washington Wizards during 2006 Pre-Season Training Camp. On November 2, 2006, Ramos was drafted by the Idaho Stampede with the 9th pick of the first round of the 2006 NBA Development League draft. That season Ramos was selected as a participant for the NBDL All-Star Game, but did not participate in All Star game due to injury. On February 28, 2007, Ramos was waived by the Idaho Stampede due to injury. Ramos earned All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention for his 2006–07 performance.
Puerto Rico and EuropeEdit
In 2007, Ramos represented Puerto Rico as a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team during the 2007 Pan American Games, winning the silver medal.
Ramos signed with Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada to play in the 2007–08 season of the Spanish Liga ACB league. Ramos played the 2008 BSN season with averages of 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was selected as a starter in the 2008 BSN All-Star Game, where he was selected the game's most valuable player and scored twenty-two points and nine rebounds. While Caguas participated in the BSN "Super-6" round, Ramos claimed that he had matured since traveling to Spain, which helped him in his game. Ramos later played for the Piratas de Quebradillas, Capitanes de Arecibo and currently is playing with Los Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico.
In 2018, he returned to Puerto Rico,to play with the Leones de Ponce. He was selected as part the reserves of the All Star team for the league’s all star game against the Puerto Rican National Team.
In 2011, Ramos signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korea. On November 7, 2011 he was released from Seoul Samsung Thunders after averaging 18.1 pts. and 9.9 reb. In December 2014, Ramos signed with the Kia Carnival at the Philippine Basketball Association and will play as an import for the team at the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Ramos was chosen by Kia head coach Manny Pacquiao for his shot blocking skills. Kia is banking on Ramos to turn its fortunes around after finishing its maiden PBA conference with a woeful 1–10 win-loss record.
In 2017, the 25th of February, Ramos signed with one of the best Clubs in Asia Club Sagesse from Lebanon.
- Ramos's NBA stats in 6 games are 11 points with a 1.8 PPG, 4 rebounds with a 0.7 RPG, 1 block with a 0.2 BPG, a .500 field goal and .500 free throw percentage.
- His NBA Development League stats in 76 games with 73 starts, 1,075 points with a 14.1 PPG, 80 assists with a 1.1 APG, 541 rebounds with a 7.1 RPG, 123 blocks with a 1.6 BPG, 23 steals with a 0.3 SPG, .574 field goal percentage and .606 free-throw percentage.
|2001||Criollos de Caguas||Puerto Rico BSN||4||?||.000||--||.000||.5||.3||?||?||.0|
|2007||Criollos de Caguas||Puerto Rico BSN||30||?||.550||.000||.570||11.2||1.7||?||?||16.2|
|2007–08||Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada||Liga ACB||20||14.8||.557||.000||.739||4.2||.1||.4||1.1||6.3|
|2008||Criollos de Caguas||Puerto Rico BSN||32||?||.570||.333||.710||9.8||1.7||?||?||17.6|
|2008–09||Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada||Liga ACB||26||15.0||.612||--||.560||4.0||.2||.2||.5||6.0|
|2009||Piratas de Quebradillas||Puerto Rico BSN||28||?||.660||.250||.530||10.9||1.4||?||?||16.5|
|2009–10||Zhejiang Lions||China CBA||38||30.7||.682||.000||.677||13.0||1.5||.3||1.1||17.5|
|2010||Piratas de Quebradillas||Puerto Rico BSN||16||?||.570||.000||.570||11.6||1.7||?||?||18.8|
|2010–11||Zhejiang Lions||China CBA||35||37.6||.644||.000||.738||13.9||1.9||.7||1.2||24.8|
|2011||Piratas de Quebradillas||Puerto Rico BSN||29||?||.550||.220||.700||10.8||2.2||?||?||23.3|
|2011–12||Seoul Samsung Thunders||South Korea KBL||15||36.7||.614||.000||.611||9.8||3.2||.4||1.2||21.5|
|Zhejiang Lions||China CBA||30||34.6||.632||.000||.670||13.3||1.8||.3||.9||21.9|
|2012||Piratas de Quebradillas||Puerto Rico BSN||40||30.4||.599||.250||.652||8.8||1.6||.3||1.2||17.1|
|2012–13||Zhejiang Lions||China CBA||35||34.0||.655||--||.652||11.0||1.5||.4||.9||22.7|
|2013||Capitanes de Arecibo||Puerto Rico BSN||36||30.0||.548||.250||.647||8.8||1.4||.1||.5||14.6|
|2013–14||Qingdao DoubleStar||China CBA||32||31.7||.625||.000||.755||9.5||1.5||.3||.7||20.5|
|2014||Brujos de Guayama||Puerto Rico BSN||40||27.6||.564||.273||.621||7.8||1.4||.2||1.0||13.0|
|Kia Carnival||Philippines PBA||11||43.1||.540||.208||.618||21.2||3.0||.0||1.2||35.9|
|2015||Brujos de Guayama||Puerto Rico BSN||38||35.6||.609||.250||.640||11.8||1.6||.1||.9||22.7|
|Metros de Santiago||Dominican LNB||3||27.3||.643||--||.727||10.7||.3||.0||3.0||20.7|
|2014–15||Jilin Northeast Tigers||China CBA||34||27.4||.584||--||.584||10.0||.9||.3||.6||19.1|
- He became the third ever Puerto Rican player to be drafted by an NBA team
- 2002 BSN Most Improved Player Award
- 2006–07 NBDL All-Star
- 2006–07 All-NBDL Honorable Mention
Profesional wrestling careerEdit
Ramos, whose brother-in-law is a professional wrestler and whose sister is a referee, first expressed interest in making a crossover into professional wrestling after his retirement in 2016, noting he had already declined invitations to do so. Two years later he reaffirmed this plan, believing that the retirement of several high-profile tall wrestlers created more opportunities to succeed. On September 18, 2019, Ramos made his first backstage appearance for the World Wrestling Council, becoming involved in a segment with Puerto Rico Heavyweight Champion Pedro Portillo III.
- Noel Piñero Planas (2008-06-02). "Deportes". No soy el mismo de antes (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día.
- "FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball.
- "Baloncesto Superior Nacional | Jugador". www.bsnpr.com (in Spanish).
- Ganglani, Naveen. "7-foot-3 PJ Ramos excited to play for KIA". Rappler.
- "Tired of being a PBA punching bag, Pacquiao's KIA team set to sign 7-3 Puerto Rican as import".
- "Cambiará el BSN por la WWE". Primera Hora (in Spanish). April 28, 2016.
- "Peter John va en serio con la lucha libre". Primera Hora (in Spanish). August 29, 2018.
- "Peter John Ramos evalúa un salto a la WWE". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). August 29, 2018.
- "WWC: Peter John Ramos confronta a Pedro Portillo III; El Gigante Nihan se expresa (VIDEOS)". contralona (in Spanish).