Luther on the Rise

Ryan Luther enjoyed a strong junior season at Hampton (PA) High and has followed it up with a breakout run this spring and summer with Maryland 3D AAU. The wing's offer list is growing with Iowa the most recent school to jump in the mix. He talks about the Hawkeyes and the rest of his recruitment in this premium story.

Ryan Luther is displaying the ability to play all over the court this summer. It's that kind of versatility attracting colleges.

Iowa's Fran McCaffery covets multi-positional players more than a lot of programs. His system suits an all-around skill set.

The Hawkeyes head man watched Luther tear up the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis last weekend. Saturday, McCaffery called the Pennsylvania wing and offered him a scholarship.

"He said he liked how I had all the skills and I would fit into his system," the-6-foot-8, 200-pound Luther said. "He said he liked how I was versatile and could do a lot of things."

Luther averaged about 21 points per game last season at Hampton (PA) High, a junior season that saw him named among the five best players in the Pittsburgh area by the Post-Gazette newspaper. He's built on that performance with the Maryland 3D AAU squad in the spring and summer.

"He's highly competitive," 3D Coach Dave Thurston said. "He's very skilled for 6-8. He's deceptively quick and long.

"He's an all-around team player but when it comes to crunch time he can get you a basket. He can make it from 25 feet or post a guy up. He's virtually unguardable."

Luther reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Dayton, Duquesne, George Washington, New Hampshire, Virginia Tech, Bucknell, William and Mary, Buffalo, and Lehigh. He said he's hearing consistently from Pittsburgh, Providence, West Virginia, Davidson, Robert Morris, Pennsylvania and East Carolina.

The Hawkeye opportunity intrigues Luther.

"I'm learning more about the school but the Big Ten Conference is obviously really attractive," he said. "Coach McCaffery seems like a great coach that has the program on the rise."

Luther, who has unofficially visited Duquesne, Dayton, George Washington, Bucknell and West Virginia, claims no favorites at this time. He expects to start scheduling visits after the July evaluation period but does not know of any schools he definitely will see at this point. He plans on using all five of the official visits allotted to him by the NCAA.

"There are a lot of things you have to take into account when you're trying to pick a school," Luther said. "You must be a good fit and feel comfortable with the people and situation you are around. I look for a coach that is really interested in me and truly wants me.

"I don't know if there is a specific system that fits me. I can do different things at different times that can help a team."

Luther is considering majoring in business but hasn't settled on a field of study. He's also undecided on when he'll be picking a school at which to further his education and athletics career.

"I'm not sure when I am going to make my decision," Luther said. "I'm just going to take my time."


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