Ryan Fucci is a do-it-all combo guard with a variety of skills that coaches love. As a player that often makes things happen for his team, Fucci is at his best when the ball is in his hands.
"I'm a point guard/shooting guard," Fucci said. "I like to play fast paced. I have excellent court vision and [I] am a scorer."
Fucci dazzled as a junior when he put up over eighteen points per game in route to becoming a member of the 1,000 point club at Lexington's Tates Creek High School. While putting points on the scoreboard seems to be second nature to the talented guard, Fucci is more than just a scorer. Distributing the ball to his teammates is one of the senior-to-be's strong suits, as seen by his four assist average each time out last season.
Fucci takes pleasure in managing the game and facilitating the offense for his team as well. "I admire Steve Nash because of the way he controls the offense and sees the floor," Fucci said.
Slight Setback Doesn't Stop College Interest
The summer between a high school player's junior and senior year is always an important one. Off season workouts typically ramp up and college decisions become a reality. However, Fucci recently experienced a mild setback that has forced him to focus his time and energy in other areas this summer.
"I recently had surgery on my shoulder so I'm recovering from that," said Fucci. "I tore my labrum in my throwing shoulder. I should be playing basketball by the end of September or early October. I'll for sure be ready for the season."
Though the injury may have slowed the talented guard down somewhat this summer, it certainly has not stopped him from trying to improve as a player in any way he can during the recovery process.
"I'm working on improving my defense and my athleticism," Fucci said. "I'm doing a lot of leg exercises and core exercises to jump higher."
With his rehabilitation going well, the skills Fucci possesses on the court and the numbers he has put up in the past have college coaches taking notice. Fucci has received heavy interest from the likes of Wichita State, Wright State, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth, Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Tampa among others.
"I haven't received any [scholarship] offers yet, but some of those schools should be offering soon," Fucci said.
A Two-Sport Player In College?
Fucci is undoubtedly one of the state's best basketball players in the 2011 senior class, however, it also bears mentioning that he is a gifted baseball player as well.
"In college, I hope to play both basketball and baseball," Fucci said.
Playing multiple sports is never an easy thing for a college athlete to do. Does Fucci have a preference when it comes to the baseball diamond or the basketball court? When asked if he had to choose one sport over the other, Fucci had a tough time giving a straight answer.
"I'm still unsure of which sport I'll be playing in college [if he has to choose just one]," Fucci said. "I'm going to wait until I see which offers are best for me and make a decision by then. I love both sports equally, so it's going to be a hard decision."
Ryan Fucci will wait a few more months before finalizing his college plans. One thing is for certain though, with the hard work the talented two-sport athlete continues to put in, he will have no shortage of options when the time comes to make a decision. Stay tuned…