As a freshman three years ago, Colt Ryan was biggest freshman name in the state. He was Batesville's leading scorer and his coach at the time, the now retired Mel Siefert, said he was already the MVP of the team. Ryan was a consensus top 100 nationally at that point.
Last year as a junior, Colt Ryan averaged 16.9 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Ryan led Batesville to the semi-state finals before falling to eventual state champion Washington. Washington featured All-American North Carolina signee Tyler Zeller.
Ryan is hoping to finally win that elusive state championship. During his freshman and junior years, he helped Batesville knock off Connersville which featured Matt Howard (now with Butler). However, after the Connersville wins, Batesville could not advance to the title game.
This year could be different. Batesville lost a lot of seniors, including Kent State signee Alex Grimsley. However, the cupboard is not exactly bare. The Bulldogs will return 5 seniors. Batesville will also have J.D. Stephens, a key transfer from Hauser. Stephens is one of the top 20 players in the Indiana class of 2009.
The 6-4, 185 pound Ryan continued to impress on the AAU circuit this summer playing for Indiana Elite One, one of the top AAU programs in the nation. His play has garnered interest from BCS conference schools Michigan, Wake Forest, Oregon State, and Indiana.
Ryan has been told by others he plays like two other former high scoring star guards from southern Indiana: state legend Damon Bailey (Bedford North Lawrence/Indiana) and hometown legend Michael Menser (Batesville/Indiana State). Ryan describes his strengths as being "a good shooter and versatile." Ryan says in high school he can play all 5 positions. However, in college he will play mostly shooting guard.
Ryan is still working to get better and improve his overall athletic ability for the college level. Ryan said, "I need to get better at defense and lateral quickness."
Ryan listed ten offers. The schools that have offered are Albany, Ball State, Evansville, Kent State, Miami(OH), Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Toledo, Vermont, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Of those ten, he has narrowed it down to five schools: "Miami of Ohio, Ball State, Evansville, MTSU, and Ohio."
Of those five schools, Ryan cannot say which school he favors. Ryan said, "At this point, I do not have a leader. My plan was to wait until July went down and then decide what I want to do."
Ryan has also gathered recent interest from Wake Forest and Oregon State. Ryan said, "We have been talking to Wake Forest lately, but I don't know where they stand. Same for Oregon State."
Ryan has not taken many visits so far. Ryan said, "I have been to Miami a couple of times. I went to a basketball game at Ball State last year. I have been to Evansville because my sister played a volleyball game there."
Ryan does not have any official visits planned at this point and is not sure which exact schools will get a visit from him. However, Ryan does know he will make an official visit to Miami. Ryan said, "I will definitely visit Miami of Ohio. Ball State and Evansville maybe. And then maybe some other schools."
In deciding on a college, Ryan will look a school with a style of play the fits him. Also, Ryan wants a school where he could be a "contributing factor early in the career." Ryan said, "I do not want to wait until I am a junior or senior to play."
Ryan also wants a school where he can get along with the coaches and players. On this level Ryan connects with Miami Associate Head Coach Jermaine Henderson. Ryan said, "Coach Henderson is real nice."
Ryan had other attributes about Miami that he likes. Ryan said, "Miami is really the only (school recruiting) me that is close to my hometown. It is only 45 minutes away. Oxford is a real nice town. The students seem really cool."
Ryan may or may not make a decision soon. Ryan said, "It could be as early as the end of (August) or as late as December (after the November signing period)."
Colt Ryan is a bright student. He maintains a 3.9 GPA and scored a 1500 on the SAT. In college, he would like a major that involves math. He is interested in a career that involves doing mathematical calculations for doctors who are using a new therapy to treat tumors.
As a final note, Ryan wanted the world to know a little something about his heart and desire. Ryan said, "I have an overall desire to win. When I set my mind to something to get done, it will get done regardless of the circumstances."