BLOOMINGTON – Batesville (Ind.) shooting guard Colt Ryan is turning some heads.
The 6-4, 185-pounder has scholarship offers from Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Ball State, Middle Tennessee State and UW-Green Bay, and he's also been hearing from Indiana and Michigan as of late.
He's coming off a highly-successful junior season at Batesville where he averaged 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists to lead the Bulldogs to a 24-3 record, a top-five ranking and a spot in a second straight semi-state. With one more season of prep basketball to go, he's within striking distance of Michael Menser's school scoring record, and he also hopes to take the next step in the state tournament. This year's run ended with a 73-69 loss to Tyler Zeller's Washington H.S. team, despite a season-high 26 from Ryan.
"Hopefully we can get over the hump this year," Ryan said.
As good as he's been at Batesville, it's his play with the Indiana Elite team that has probably earned him the most attention. Playing alongside the likes coveted recruits such as Mason Plumlee, Stephan VanTreese, Bobby Capobianco and Ray McCallum, Jr., Ryan has earned his share of notoriety as well.
A versatile combo guard, Ryan brings perimeter punch to the Indiana Elite lineup.
"They've asked me to score a little more this year," said Ryan. "But I'm basically the off guard, bring the ball up now and then, rebound, and play defense on one of their better guards."
Like the other marquee players on the team, Ryan has had plenty of chances to shine. While many AAU teams are built around one or two big names who command the ball and most of the attention, Indiana Elite's balanced approach has produced success on the floor and exposure for its players.
"If anyone watches our team, they know we play basketball the way it's supposed to be played," Ryan said. "We're a great team, and we all flow well together. We might not always be the most talented team out there, but we work together as a team, so we normally come out victorious in the end."
While Ryan says that's due in large part to the fact the members of the team genuinely like each other and want to see their teammates get better as well, he says a lot of credit also goes to the coaching staff.
"The coaches are good about it because they know it's about the kids and not them," Ryan said. "This isn't something so they can meet the college coaches or anything like that. They do it for us so we can get recruited."
That's exactly how it's worked out for Ryan. With a handful of mid-major offers, Ryan is also getting some looks from IU and Michigan. He said he hasn't talked to new IU Coach Tom Crean, but he's heard from his AAU teammate and recent IU commit Bobby Capobianco that the Hoosier staff is keeping an eye on him.
"(Bobby) said they've talked about me," Ryan said. "I think they're kind of waiting to see how the summer plays out."
As the summer wears on, Ryan figures to be a player who gets more and more attention from major conference schools. One of his enticing traits is the fact he can help a team at a variety of spots on the floor.
"I'd say my strength is my versatility because I can play the 1, 2 or 3 pretty well," Ryan said. "I can shoot it pretty well. I think I have pretty good vision and overall knowledge of the game."
Ryan said he's in no hurry to come to a decision, instead opting to wait and see what else might materialize on the recruiting front. But once it does come time to make a decision, he's hoping to find a situation where he can play a role early in his career.
"One of the bigger things is playing time," said Ryan. "I want to be able to help contribute before my junior year. I understand being a freshman playing for a big school that it can be hard getting some time, but so long as it's six or seven minutes per game to get some experience my first year, that's what I'm looking for."
Ryan's Offer Total Stands at Five
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