08' Intro: Ryan Steed

SCPrepNation.com catches up with another standout on the hardwood from Pinewood Prep in Ryan Steed. Steed, a 6-0 185 junior combo guard should be one of the top players in the state for the 2008 recruiting class. Come inside with SCPrepNation.com as he talks about his role with Pinewood Prep, and where his recruitment stands.

Summerville, SC was one of the most visited locales for college basketball coaches during this past season, with Pinewood Prep being the home to several future college prospects. One particular name that has been finding its way on several colleges' recruiting lists is Ryan Steed.

Steed, a 6-0, 185 junior combo guard was one of the main contributors for the Pinewood Prep Panthers, who on last season finished with an impressive 29-2 record, and won their second consecutive SCISA Men's Basketball State Championship. "Last season I averaged about 18 to 19 points a game, five rebounds, five steals, and about four to five assists per game."

When asked what he does best on the court, Steed responded, "I'm more of a defensive player. I like to bring the energy to the game to get the team going. I'm kind of like the hype man on the team. I can score too, but I like to bring it first on defense and get everybody going." Steed also mentioned the areas of his game that he would like to improve upon as well. "I need to improve on my ball handling skills and my mid-range game."

Steed informed SCPrepNation.com of his most memorable games from last season. "I had a good game against Ridge View in the Chick-Fil-A Classic; I had 32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assist, and about 5 steals. I had another good game at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach against Socastee; I had like 34 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals."

After a solid junior season with his senior season awaiting him, several college programs already have Steed on their minds. "I've been getting interest from Clemson, South Carolina, Davidson, College of Charleston, Winthrop, Charleston Southern, Wofford, Furman, Yale, Brown, and Princeton to name a few. Davidson and Charleston Southern are probably recruiting me the hardest right now."

Steed is currently taking things slow with making his final decision, especially with the heavy recruiting season around the corner. "Right now I'm leaning towards Davidson, but that could change after the AAU season. I'll see who comes out to watch me play this summer, and go from there. But for right now, Davidson is in the lead."

Steed is definitely the kind of player that college coaches will be keeping an eye on over the summer. During the spring/summer months, Steed plays with the South Carolina Ravens AAU basketball team. SCPrepNation.com will bring you more updates on Steed and his recruitment as his AAU season continues.

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