Ayers Wants To Decide This Spring

Germantown Academy's Ryan Ayers would like to make a decision this spring. The son of the former Philadelphia 76ers head coach is gearing up for spring ball.

Ryan Ayers, a 6-5 junior out of Haverford (PA) Germantown Academy, says he'd like to make a college decision this spring.

"I would like to make a decision before my junior year ends," Ayers said. "But, if it doesn't turn out that way then I'll probably wait until the fall. I have my top six schools that I like the best. Hopefully I'll get out and make some visits in April and be able to make a decision then."

Right now, Ayers is interested in six schools, though not all have offered. His schools are as follows: Notre Dame (offer), North Carolina, Villanova (offer), Stanford, Maryland (offer) and Duke.

"I'll probably take a [official] visit to Notre Dame in April." Three schools have offered and three more are evaluation him. "Coach [Roy] Williams wants to see me play this spring. Stanford has been there. It's a question of how far I want to go." Duke has sent an assistant to see him.

"The perfect situation would be to go in and play or start right away and contribute as a freshman and get my feet wet." Ayers understands that in order to do that at some of the programs that are recruiting him then there is work to do.

"I've got to get stronger and get better in all aspects but mostly get my body physically ready for college."

Ayers' father Randy was fired as the 76ers coach earlier this year. However, Ryan said his experiences with NBA players provided him with valuable insight into his development.

"I try to notice the players that work hard. Some are upbeat and willing to work hard. You can see that some of the pro guys have a bad attitude and that's not the direction to follow. I learned how hard to get to that level."

DT's Take On His Game: "You can tell that basketball is in his blood. Smart player who, in the last year, has expanded his game. He's gone from a guy who used to just be a shooter to now being able to get himself some buckets off the bounce. However, it's his stroke that remains his strength. Not a high-rising athlete but a sound overall player."

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