November 8, 2013
Super 2015 Shooter hears from UNC
The North Carolina Tar Heels have a couple of documented recruiting needs in the class of 2015. They've made it clear that they want a low post scorer in the class and they're also seeking a big-time shooter in the class. Matt Ryan from New York is considered one of the best at his craft, and he's heard from the Tar Heels.
"Yes sir," Ryan said when asked if he had gotten a call from the staff in Chapel Hill. "My coach came up to me at lunch and said he just got off the phone with Hubert Davis from UNC."
The New York shooting specialist says that he was taken back by the new initially, but he's certainly content and happy with the new contact.
"I was actually shocked at first," he explained. "But then I just felt really good that they called. I was hoping that they would because (Davis) saw me play really well in Las Vegas, so it was great news."
Ryan sees the Tar Heel offense as a good potential place for him, in terms of his skill set in their fast system.
" I think UNC could be a really good fit for me and how I play. They are up-tempo and give their players freedom on offense, which I like. Plus they have a Hall of Fame coach leading the way."
Ryan says the next step is talking to the coaches to gauge their true interest level in him and developing a relationship and rapport with the staff.
In terms of his recruitment, Ryan estimates that he has nearly 30 scholarship offers already, including many mid and high major programs such as Boston College, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Pitt, Harvard, Clemson, Davidson, Arizona State, Providence, Creighton, Princeton, Iowa State, George Mason, Yale and Fordham.
The biggest thing that draws the coaches in, according to Ryan is his size and his ability to swish shots from all around the perimeter with incredible range.
"I think I'm the best shooter in the country and I use my size to post up and shoot over smaller defenders. I can also guard one through four and I have improved my ball-handling, passing and strength the past couple of months to where I can really create for myself and others."
Ryan is entering his junior season at Iona Prep where he will have a lot of college coach and scout's eyes on him. And now, that includes the North Carolina Tar Heels as well.
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