Ryan Looks Towards the Future

Colt Ryan still has two more years as a premiere combo guard at the high school level. That matters little, however, to the schools recruiting him, as a plethora of Midwestern schools have turned their attention to the 6'4 sharp shooter from Batesville, Indiana.

Colt Ryan still has two more years as a premiere combo guard at the high school level. That matters little, however, to the schools recruiting him, as a plethora of Midwestern schools have turned their attention to the 6'4 sharp shooter from Batesville, Indiana.

Comprising the list of schools Colt acknowledges scholarship offers from are Miami University, Middle Tennessee State, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Among the schools showing him interest: Butler, Xavier, Indiana, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

Despite all the interest, Colt is not rushing to any conclusions. Rather, he prefers to let the process come to him, and do his talking on the court.

"I haven't really thought about it. I'm giving it time," said Ryan. "I've been waiting, and seeing what I can get, it being my junior year, which is a major year for recruiting."

What Colt is doing, however, is formulating a list of exactly what interests him in college. First and foremost, playing time.

"I don't want to sit on the bench of three years," said Ryan. "I want to be able to play and contribute early in my career."

Colt carries with him a modest demeanor, but a big game. As a sophomore for Batesville, Colt averaged 19 points and 4 assists on a team that went 24-2. What's more, Colt is already a featured guard on the ultra-talented Indiana Elite AAU team that features the likes of D.J. Byrd, Bobby Capobianco, Larry Smith, and Stephan VanTreese.

And although Colt is often referred to as combo guard, he doesn't want the school watching him with a careful eye to think that makes him a man without a hard and fast position. In fact, he already envisions where he might fit in once he chooses a school.

"Shooting guard is where I see myself in college," said Colt. "When I first started playing high school ball I saw myself as a point guard. But then, I got moved to a shooting guard, and it has worked out."

Despite his gaudy resume, Colt understands there is work to be done, as he strives for the most polished game possible before he enters the college ranks. And it takes him just three words to articulate exactly what he needs to work on the most.

"Real tough pressure," said Ryan. "I've heard from coaches they want to see me work on is my defending point guards on the ball."

So, is there an early favorite in the Colt Ryan sweepstakes? Colt was hesitant to give any school a big edge this early in the recruitment process, but he did acknowledge his current top 3.

"Miami, Butler, and Michigan."


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