Dropping 40-point games was a normal thing for Saint Dwight during high school career.
While taking a break from his Japan B.League duties with Levanga Hokkaido, and while Gilas Pilipinas has yet to call in the players in the FIBA World Cup pool, Dwight Ramos decided to visit his alma mater Walnut High School in California on Wednesday.
It must’ve brought all sorts of emotions to once again set foot on his old stomping grounds. One could just imagine how great it must’ve felt when Ramos received a framed high school jersey of his wherein a list of his basketball accolades was attached. His former coach Joe Khouzam handing the Filipino-American swingman the memento made the occasion more heartwarming.
In exchange, the 24-year-old bucket-getter brought his Gilas jersey and gave it to his old mentor.
As you may have noticed, Ramos rocked number 23 back in the day. It could be an ode to Michael Jordan or LeBron James as both NBA legends wore the same digits. Nonetheless, some of Dwight’s milestones with Walnut were indeed Jordanesque and LeBron-like.
1000-point club, check. MVP, check. First Team All-League, check. He’s done it all, and he’s done it against tough competition. In 2015 and 2016, his squad even made the quarterfinals in Division I hoops.
If that’s not impressive enough, check out Walnut’s basketball record books.
Despite playing in the Southern California-based school for only 46 games, Dwight managed to become Walnut’s fourth leading scorer ever as he put up a total of 1,175 points. For reference, at no. 1 is Malik Khouzam who tallied 1,654 points in 95 games. Ramos could’ve easily taken the top spot had he played more matches for Walnut.
When it comes to the single season record, it wasn’t even close. Ramos stays on top with 839 points in 30 games during his senior year. Next to him is Khouzam who only got 654 points in 31 outings.
As for the single season points average category, Ramos’ 28.1 points per game in 2016 has yet to be touched. And while he didn’t get the record for most points in a single game, Dwight was able to unleash five 40-point games, including two 45-point performances, which is still good enough for third place.
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that Saint Dwight is a walking bucket. He’s been proving it since high school until now that he’s in the pros and as part of the Philippine team. Let’s see if he can still get his in the FIBA World Cup in August.