Ryan details Irish commitment

Three-star shooting forward Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep details his commitment to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame picked up its first commitment of the 2015 class when three-star small forward Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep pledged to the Irish and Mike Brey last Thursday.

"I fell in love with Notre Dame when I visited last fall," Ryan said. "It's a great place. Notre Dame has a great fan base for all of its sports, and it's such a national brand. When I graduate I'm going to have lots of good connections."

Ryan informed Irish assistant Martin Ingelsby on Thursday morning of his intentions to commit to Notre Dame.

"I spoke with Coach Ingelsby on Thursday morning about wanting to commit," Ryan said. "He told me to break the news to Coach Brey that evening, so I gave him a call while he was the airport. He said he was thrilled to have me on board."

"Coach Brey isn't just high on my shooting ability, but he really likes my basketball IQ and how I make decisions," Ryan said.

Ryan committed to Notre Dame over a top five of Duke, Michigan, North Carolina and Stanford. He boasted offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Davidson, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound electric shooter underwent hip surgery this spring and has been steadily returning to top form. He hopes to be back on the court by September.

"I may head down to nationals for AAU ball this summer in Louisville, but I probably won't play," Ryan said. "Rehab has been going well. It was tough at first because I felt it was moving slowly, but now it's in full gear. I'm working really hard to get back to where I want to be and in even better shape than I was prior to my injury."

Ryan plans to take his official to Notre Dame in early September when the football team welcomes Michigan to South Bend.

Scout.com national analyst Rob Harrington broke down Ryan's commitment to Notre Dame ---

"Ryan ranks among the most deadly three-point marksmen in the Class of 2015. He boasts a smooth stroke with a quick release and easy range past the stripe. He's also a confident, intelligent, tough and well-seasoned player with a frame that will enable him to add plenty of muscle for the ACC. Though not athletically explosive, Notre Dame has succeeded with that kind of player in the past."

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