Joe Ragland

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Joe Ragland
Joe Ragland.jpg
Ragland in 2013, while at Pallacanestro Cantù.
Lokomotiv Kuban
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 27)
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Nationality American / Liberian
Listed height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Listed weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Career information
High school West Springfield
(West Springfield, Massachusetts)
NBA draft 2012 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 UCAM Murcia
2013–2014 Pallacanestro Cantù
2014–2015 Emporio Armani Milano
2015 Pınar Karşıyaka
2015–2017 Sidigas Avellino
2017–present Lokomotiv Kuban
Career highlights and awards
  • Serie A All-Star (2014)
  • First team all-MVC (2012)
  • First team NJCAA All-American (2010)

Joseph Alexander "Joe" Ragland (born November 11, 1989) is an American-Liberian professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League. Born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, he played basketball for the high school of his hometown, before committing to North Platte in the NJCAA. After being named a first team NJCAA all-American in 2010, Ragland received a scholarship from Wichita State where he played for two seasons.

After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, Ragland pursued a professional career abroad signing for UCAM Murcia of the ACB. Following his departure from Spain, he signed for Pallacanestro Cantù in Italy. After a season with Emporio Armani Milano in the EuroLeague, he moved to Turkey for Pınar Karşıyaka.

College career[edit]

After a career with West Springfield, where he earned the Lahovich Award as a senior, Ragland committed to North Platte Community College.[1] Ragland was named a first team NJCAA all-American in 2010,[2] as he led his team to an NJCAA tournament appearance,[3] averaging 18.4 points per game on 56% from the field.[1] Ragland, finished his career at North Platte as the college's all-time leading scorer with 1,286 points,[4] having averages of 19.5 points and 3.1 assists per game.[1]

His performances at North Platte caught the eye of Gregg Marshall who offered him a scholarship at Wichita State.[3] As a junior with the Shockers, he started 19 games, led the team in assists helping it win the 2011 NIT.[3] Ragland had a career-high scoring performance against UNLV with 31 point with another career high of 8 three-pointers made.[1][5] In his senior season he averaged 13.4 points per game, ranking first nationally in true shooting percentage with 70.4%.[6] For his performances in the 2011–12 season, he was voted in the first team of the Missouri Valley Conference.[7] Totally in his two seasons with the Shockers, Ragland appeared in 69 games and had averages of 10 points, 3 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Following two solid years as starting point guard for Wichita State he entered the 2012 NBA draft however he went undrafted. He next played in the 2012 NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors, although he played all 5 games for the undefeated Warriors he was not able to secure a contract.[9]

Moving to Europe to start his professional career, he signed his first contract in August with UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB, signing a two-year contract.[10] After accounting himself well for the Murcia, who were not in play off contention or relegation danger, he was loaned near the end of the season in April 2013 to Italian side Pallacanestro Cantù to play in the Serie A playoffs.[11] He proved to be an instant hit in Italy, playing in all their games and contributing greatly to their run to the semi finals.

Cantù then moved to secure him for the next season, signing him on a one-year deal in July.[12] It proved to be wise move for the club as he became an indisputable starter, contributing greatly in both the league and European second tier Eurocup where he was respectively called up for the All Star game and MVP of Round 4.[13]

These performances caught the eye of Emporio Armani Milano, especially after he scored a season high 27 points against them in April 2014, he signed a two-year contract in July with the EuroLeague side.[14] Ragland and Milano agreed to rescind the player's contract in July 2015.[15]

On July 29, 2015, Ragland signed a one-year deal with the Turkish club Pınar Karşıyaka.[16] On December 9, 2015, he left Karşıyaka and signed with the Italian club Sidigas Avellino for the rest of the season.[17] On June 15, 2016, he re-signed with Avellino for one more season.[18]

On July 21, 2017, Ragland signed a two-year deal with Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban.[19]


He obtained Liberian citizenship in November 2012. Under the Cotonou Agreement it allows him to be counted as an EU player in most European leagues such as the Italian League and the Spanish League.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


2014–15 Milano 24 9 18.6 .386 .346 .828 1.6 2.9 .6 .0 7.2 6.0
Career 24 9 18.6 .386 .346 .828 1.6 2.9 .6 .0 7.2 6.0

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012-13 UCAM Murcia Liga ACB 25 23.0 .520 .417 .814 2.1 2.4 1.1 .1 11.2
2013-14 Acqua Vitasnella Cantù Lega A 33 31.0 .558 .462 .821 3.5 3.4 .9 .2 16.2
2014-15 EA7-Emporio Armani 40 23.0 .597 .441 .829 3.0 3.2 .9 .1 11.1
2015-16 Pınar Karşıyaka Turkish BSL 6 30.0 .422 .321 .740 3.8 7.7 1.3 .0 13.8
2015-16 Sidigas Avellino Lega A 30 28.5 .473 .400 .855 3.4 3.8 1.4 .0 13.3


  1. ^ a b c d "Joe Ragland player bio". Wichita State Athletics. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "NJCAA Basketball All - Americans". North Platte Community College Athletics. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Auerbach, Nicole (11 February 2016). "Holding Court: Q and A with Wichita State's Joe Ragland". USA Today. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Points Scored Records". North Platte Community College Athletics. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Bern, Taylor (4 December 2011). "UNLV doesn’t match Wichita State’s energy in loss". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Suellentrop, Paul (25 September 2016). "Watch former Wichita State guard Joe Ragland make a game-winning triplazo in Supercoppa". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Doug McDermott Named Larry Bird Player of the Year". Missouri Valley Conference. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Joe Ragland College Stats". Sports Reference College Basketball. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Joe Ragland - 2012 Summer League Statistics", NBA. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Joe Ragland, american point guard for UCAM Murcia". Liga ACB,, 26 August 2010. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Joe Ragland has been ceded to Levono Cantú until the end of the season". Liga ACB,, 30 April 2013. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Pallacanestro Cantù confirms Joe Ragland". Pallacanestro Cantù, 13 July 2013. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Regular Season Round 4 MVP: Joe Ragland, FoxTown Cantu". Eurocup, 7 November 2013. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.
  14. ^ ""My Name is Joe": here we have Ragland!". 17 July 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Olimpia and Joe Ragland part ways". Olimpia Milano. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Karsiyaka inks point guard Ragland". July 29, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sidigas Avellino announces Joe Ragland". December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Scandone Avellino officially re-signs Joe Ragland". June 15, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Lokomotiv Kuban tabs playmaker Ragland". July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  20. ^ "13.000 kilometers in a day and a half to become Cotonou. ACB validate Ragland's Liberian passport"., 18 November 2012. Retrieved on 17 March 2015.

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