Louisville redshirt freshman Ryan McMahon is ready to fill a role - as a shooter - for the Cardinals

University of Louisville redshirt freshman Ryan McMahon is ready to play his role for the Cardinals as a sharpshooter. He was 6 of 8 from three-point range last week in the first Red-White scrimmage.

Ryan McMahon wants to be known as more than a shooter.

But for now, the role as a sharpshooter for the University of Louisville basketball team will work just fine for the redshirt freshman from Sarasota, Fla., Cardinal Mooney High School.

The 6-foot, 170-pound McMahon said he's just ready to contribute.

"For me, I know I need to come in as a backup point guard and not have any dip-off," McMahon said. "I don't want to be a liability on defense and hopefully I can provide an offensive spark if we're struggling shooting the ball. I know I'm going to be a role player in some vital games.

"I'm really looking forward to it."

McMahon, who was a redshirt last season for the Cardinals, showed what his role could be during the first Red-White Scrimmage. He hit 6 of 8 three-pointers and finished with 18 points and six assists.

"He's stronger, a good scorer and shoots it real well," U of L coach Rick Pitino said.

Pitino went on to say: "He's got great arc, and he shoots at a Steph Curry rim. You shoot at a big rim when you have great arc like Ryan. Now we've got to get him to cut down his turnovers. He's very clever. He's going to be a good basketball player. Guys like Ryan McMahon and Russ Smith just need time. Russ didn't come into his own until his junior year."

Coming out of high school, McMahon wasn't a heralded recruit. Pitino and Louisville got into the mix late in the process and landed McMahon after he made one visit to campus. Pitino lauded him as a knock-down shooter.

In his first year on campus, McMahon needed to improve his strength and gain some weight. Pitino said he's gotten stronger and there's one thing that's never been a question - the kid can shoot.

McMahon said during the offseason he really didn't have to change anything with his shot, just get in reps.

"I've always had confidence in it and didn't have to change anything," McMahon said. "For me, it was just a matter of keep shooting and doing what I was doing and making sure I was confident with it.

"From a young age, my dad taught me too shoot and I just had correct for and confidence."

McMahon said the first scrimmage is just a start to what he wants to bring this team. He hit his first four three-pointers in the game and once he got going there was no doubt he was hitting more shots from behind the arc.

"I know when the first one is going down that it's going to be a rough time for the other team," McMahon said. "And that's because if I get open again, the next one is going down. That's just kind of the mentality I have.

"If I miss then I have that mentality that it's like, 'All right, well, I missed, but the next one is going to go in.' I think confidence is the No. 1 thing that makes someone a good shooter."

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