CTK Senior Has Some Division One Looks

Reporter Frank Mantesta recently watched Ryan Pearson play at IS8 ...

Ryan Pearson, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward from Christ The King High School in Middle Village, New York, recently competed at IS8 in the Fall League.

Pearson, a smooth-moving lefty front line player, can handle either forward slot on the high school level. Ryan is a senior now so the next few months are big in his recruiting process.

Pearson, who plays with Team Odom in AAU events and in the IS8 Fall League, told us that he has several division one schools he is interested in. Among the schools he mentioned: Massachusetts, Stony Brook, George Mason, Manhattan, and Iona.

"I have offers from UMASS, Stony Brook, and Manhattan," Pearson said.

FRANK MANTESTA'S VIEWS ON RYAN PEARSON'S GAME: Ryan's strengths are his mid-range game. He is a great passer. He has good handle for his size and good rotation on shot.

The areas he needs to improve is he could add some more strength to his game which would help him to score more consistently around the basket.

EVALUATION OF RYAN PEARSON: In the past, Ryan has played the power forward position. He will be playing more of the year at the three slot and most likely in college.

Ryan has shown the ability to defend the three so this change just seemed to make sense. He has tremendous rotation on his shot. His mid range game is deadly. Pearson is also a great passer that also helps with him playing the small forward position. And Ryan is a smart player and comes from one of the best basketball programs in the country.

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