Keeping an Eye on Ryan

The athletic wing from Bakersfield, Zach Ryan, has been a bit of a mystery. But he's done some things on the court that has piqued the interest of many coaches, including those in the Pac-10 and Big Ten...

Zach Ryan, 6-6 SR SF, Baskersfield (Calif.) Garces, is an intriguing prospects. He shows flashes of high-major athleticism, and some considerable skills, but then goes into hiding for a while. The flashes have been enough to intrigue many programs over the last year, and college coaches have generally been scouting and keeping tabs on Ryan as a potentially big-time recruit.

To date, Ryan doesn't have any offers, but he said that he recently has been hearing from some good programs. "Penn State, Washington, Wyoming and Arkansas State have all called and showed some interest latey," Ryan said. "I've been talking to Penn State and Washington for about a month. Washington's Coach Romar came down to see me practice about a month ago. Coaches from both schools have said they want to come and see me practice during the season and come to some games.."

Ryan, who averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds for a team that also featured one of the best junior prospects in the country, 6-10 center Robert Swift, also said that Penn State and Washington have expressed interest in Ryan taking an official visit. "I'm trying to get visits to Penn State and Washington set," he said. "I'm supposed to talk to the coach from Penn State this week and get it arranged."

When asked if he'd like to stay on the west coast, Ryan said he had no preference. He did say, though, that he's always liked the Big West Conference. "I wouldn't mind getting recruited by the schools in that conference. I've always liked UC Irvine."

Ryan said he has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 980 on his SAT.

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