Ryan spends day in Chapel Hill

Matt Ryan, a 2015 wing out of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep, took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Thursday.

Matt Ryan's itinerary in Chapel Hill began early in the morning at the basketball offices, where he met his lead recruiter Hubert Davis.

"He showed me the offices, which are beautiful and fairly new, and then we went down to the court where Coach Williams was doing an interview with ESPN," Ryan said.

"I talked to coach for a little bit," Ryan added. "He said their interest with me was through the roof and it's going to stay like that until I'm healthy and back on the court. He said they are going to continue to recruit me, which is great."

After his first chat with Williams, Ryan, who was joined by both of his parents and his younger brother, took a tour of the campus.

"The campus is beautiful," Ryan said. "I went with Coach Davis, Coach [C.B.] McGrath and Coach Eric [Hoots] around campus and then we had lunch on campus with those coaches and my family."

"Then we went back for shoot-a-round and I stayed there for a little bit," he said. "Then I spent some time with Coach Williams again up in his office with my mom and my little brother. That went really well."

Ryan's time with Williams on campus was his first interaction with the North Carolina coach.

"When Coach Davis came up to see me the first time and I had a great all around game," Ryan said. "He said next time he comes up Coach Williams was going to come with him. Then I got injured so that couldn't happen."

"When I went down there I got to meet Coach Williams in person," he said. "That was the first time we ever talked because we hadn't hooked up on the phone. He was a really good guy. My mom really liked him and my brother loved UNC the whole time.

"Coach Williams is a great guy and I really liked what he said," Ryan added. "They are going to stay on me. Obviously they can't offer me a scholarship because he hasn't seen me in person, but their interest is going to stay really high this whole time."

Ryan also experienced North Carolina's big win over Duke last Thursday evening. He said the environment exceeded his expectations.

"The atmosphere at the game was completely unreal," Ryan explained. "The noise level and the fans. We actually had to stand the whole game because everybody was so into it and the energy was off the charts."

Ryan, a perimeter marksman ranked No. 100 in the class by Scout.com, also indicated that North Carolina's tradition and connections were among the things he liked the most about the program.

"I think they have a really great history," he said. "They have many connections (beyond) basketball, obviously connections in the NBA and connection off the court. They are obviously very good academically as well. I could go there and if the NBA doesn't work out I'll have connections off the court. Their basketball history as a college speaks for itself."

To go with the interest from UNC, Ryan has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, Creighton, Rutgers, Arizona State, Davidson and Vanderbilt. Duke, whom he visited on Saturday, Stanford, Georgetown and Michigan are also involved.

Where does UNC stack up on his list?

"I have an idea of a top 10 I'd say and they are in there," he said. "I have no order, but they are right in the mix."

Ryan will undergo surgery for multiple issues on March 3. He said the doctors will shave off a little bone on both sides of his hip to fix an impingement and repair his torn labrum. He's not expected to be 100-percent until late July and will be forced to miss the AAU season.

Due to the injury, Ryan will likely wait out the recruiting process.

"I'm still trying to figure all this out," Ryan said. "Everybody knows I can't play AAU. I'm going to have surgery March 3rd. I'm going to take my rehab real seriously. It's going to prolong my recruitment a little bit just because I probably won't be gaining any offers when I'm rehabbing. These schools have to wait until I get back on the court to see how I'm doing and we'll take it from there."

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