Tar Heels After '15 Shooter

North Carolina assistant Hubert Davis spotted 6-foot-6 wing Matt Ryan in late July in Las Vegas. Since watching him rip the nets from behind the three-point stripe, UNC has been recruiting the New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep standout.

"Basically he saw me play the game in triple overtime [in Las Vegas and] I think I had like 32 points," Ryan said about Davis. "He said with the way I can shoot it and that they need a shooter they are going to recruit me really hard."

UNC has made it clear it needs a shooter whether it comes in the 2014 or 2015 class – or both. Ryan recognizes that need and that is among the things that stick out about the Tar Heels to Ryan.

"Their necessity for a shooter is really attractive because I'm looking to go to a place that needs me and North Carolina is definitely is one of those places that needs a shooter," Ryan said.

Ryan said the Heels have turned up their interest as of late and he was able to see them play recently when they knocked off Louisville in Connecticut.

"North Carolina as of lately has been coming on really strong," the 2015 recruit said. "I went to see their game against Louisville that they won at the Mohegan Sun tournament."

"Coach Hubert Davis has been texting me twice a week," he added. "He has my schedule and he says Coach Williams and him are going to come to see me play."

Ryan currently has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Creighton, Clemson, West Virginia, Arizona State, Virginia, Providence, Iowa State and Rutgers.

Georgetown, Kentucky, Duke, Michigan and Stanford have also shown interest in Ryan. He said the head coaches that stopped in to see him this fall were BC's Steve Donahue (twice), Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Stanford's Johnny Dawkins.

"I think right now I'm sort of in the middle of my recruitment," Ryan said. "The past six months I've picked up around 30 offers, but now I have 10 more schools, the really high majors, contacting me. I don't think I'll plan on committing for at least a year."

Ryan, Scout.com's No. 95 overall recruit in the 2015 class, visited a pair of schools in the fall.

"I went out to Notre Dame and Rutgers in September," he said. "Those are my two visits this fall. Notre Dame trip was great. Same with Rutgers."

Although he hasn't set up any visit dates, Ryan he has talked to Georgetown, Virginia and Duke about taking visits in the near future.

"I told everybody I'm going to try and hit the East Coast in the next few months," Ryan said.

Ryan played with the New Heights AAU program in the spring and summer. As a sophomore, he averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

"Obviously shooting is my biggest strength," he said. "I've gotten interest from a ton of schools based on that. With my size that's a big attraction. I can guard a lot of positions. I've gotten more athletic and stronger. I've improved my ball handling. I'm versatile."

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