Big offer for Cline

Shooting is always in demand, and Ryan Cline is one of the best in the Midwest, and that is why one Big Ten school came forward with an offer.

For Carmel (Ind.) standout Ryan Cline this was expected to be a big spring on the AAU circuit. Receiving mostly mid-major attention coming out of the high school season, he was looking to garner some high-major interest, but that came earlier than expected.

On an unofficial visit to Purdue, the Boilermakers offered Cline a scholarship; it was his first high-major offer.

"They had kind of talked with Ryan after the weekend prior when he played very well, and Coach (Matt) Painter had been to a couple of games," explained Cline's father, Mike. "On Sunday night the assistant coaches spoke very positive so we set a date for a Friday unofficial visit."

He continued, "They showed us film of guys who they had who are similar to Ryan. They showed us how they got Ryne Smith shots. They explained to us that this past year their offense didn't run like this, but this is what they want to do, go back to getting guys like Ryan open shots in their motion offense by coming off of screens."

After showing him how he would be used, Cline heard the news from Painter.

"At the end they told us that they really feel Ryan can be a good player in the Big Ten and they offered him the scholarship," said the elder Cline.

A 6-foot-4 shooter, Cline attracted offers from Lipscomb and Belmont to go along with interest from Butler and Xavier. However Purdue was his first high-major offer.

Even with the Boilermakers recent offer, Mike Cline says that the plan is for the family to take some time before coming to a decision.

"We would like to be able to compare schools and go through the AAU season this summer and then a month or two after that make a choice," said Cline. "Some people do commit early, but I think when people commit early they tend to make bad decisions and we don't want to do that. Ideally we would like to be able to compare places and make an informed decision."

Cline will be playing this spring with Indiana Elite Diesel on the AAU circuit.

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