University of Arkansas head basketball coach Stan Heath noted after this past season ended that he would love to bring in a pure shooter for next season if he could find the right one.
He and his staff may have found just the guy in California of all places.
Ryan McBride, a 6-6, 190-pound shooting guard from Monterey Peninsula College, will visit Arkansas this weekend and check it out.
"He's real excited about coming to Arkansas and looking around beginning Friday," Monterey Peninsula head coach Blake Spiering said. "He really likes (UA assistant coach) Ronny Thompson and he knows about the tradition of Arkansas and the great conference they play in."
McBride, who played his high school ball in Denver, averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game this season while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range for a club that finished 14-13 on the season.
That followed a freshman season where he averaged 17 points and hit 53 percent from 3-point range, the first of two All-Coast Conference campaigns.
"He is a definitely a two guard all the way and a pure shooter, is really long and athletic" Spiering said. "He can spot up and shoot it, he can get his own shot off the dribble and he also does a good job of taking it to the basket. Another positive is that he is a very good defensive player that can guard someone smaller and someone bigger."
McBride will visit Arkansas this weekend and has plans to visit Kansas State the following weekend and possibly Pittsburgh after that.
"He might get out to Arkansas and decide that he doesn't need to make any more trips, but that's his plan right now," Spiering said. "He's had a lot of other people show interest, but that's the three he's got it down to now - Arkansas, Kansas State and Pittsburgh."
McBride was a star at Denver Manual high school before making the decision to go to California for junior college.
"He knew one of our former players and gave me a call and that's how we got together," Spiering said. "He turned out to be a great thing for the both of us. He's a great player and a great kid."
Spiering said Arkansas coaches have told him they see McBride - who had several 30-plus point games this season - being a factor right away.
"They have told me that they have a need that Ryan could fill right away," Spiering said. "They expect him to come right in and be able to provide some outside shooting that has been missing. But he is also a very good shooter and defensive player and goes to the board hard as well."
Ryan McBride is known as a pure shooter, but he'll go on the floor for loose balls, too.
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