Matt Ryan

#115 player Class of 2015

6’7 220 pound SF

Iona Prep (NY)



Q1. Engelhardt: What schools are currently recruiting you the hardest?

A1. Ryan: Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina, Duke, Marquette, Michigan, Creighton and Arizona State


Q2. Engelhardt: Do you have any visits planned for the summer?

A2. Ryan: Not at the moment, right now all of my focus is on getting my body right so I can play at Nationals.


Q3. Engelhardt: What are some of the things you are looking for in a potential school?

A3. Ryan: Having a great relationship with the coaches is the main thing.  A family atmosphere, big fan base and good academics are also very important aspects.


Q4. Engelhardt: How’s the injury? When do you expect to be back on the court?

Q4. Ryan: Rehab and therapy is going great.  I’ve been on the court every day for the last few weeks doing anything I can to improve.


Q5. Engelhardt: What do you consider to be the strengths of your game?

A5. Ryan: Everybody knows I’m a top shooter in the country, but when I come back people are going to see a whole different player.  I was a point guard my whole life so those skills will come on display.  I think multiple plays ahead when I’m on the floor, I can really pass it and I love setting others up.  I also have a very good post game and mid range game; which people haven’t really seen yet so I’m excited to get back.


Q6. Engelhardt: Before playing on the next level, what part of your game do you need to work on the most?

A6. Ryan: Before college: I need to improve defensively and get my ball handling to a top level.  I’m 6’7 220 pounds now so I’ll put on some more weight too.


Q7. Engelhardt: What current/former NBA player do you model your game after?

A7. Ryan: I watch a lot of Larry Bird film, I also try to steal some of James Harden’s moves and pay attention to his craftiness.  I model my catch and shoot game after Klay Thompson.


Q8. Engelhardt: Have you thought about transferring to a bigger prep school to play with/against better talent? If so what schools are you considering?

A8. Ryan: Absolutely, I’m considering Montverde Academy (FL), Huntington Prep (WV), Vermont Academy (VT) and St. Thomas More School (CT)


Q9. Engelhardt: What type of drills do you find most beneficial to your game?

A9. Ryan: Coming off screen drills with and without the ball, 1 on 1 moves, different options off the catch depending on defender and dribbling.


Q10. Engelhardt: What are your goals for your senior season?

A10. Ryan: Wherever I am the main goal is to win a championship.  Individually, I want to get as ready as possible so I can make an impact as a freshman in college. 


Q11. Engelhardt: Your injury was a torn hip labrum, right?

A11. Ryan: Yes, both sides.  Surgery went perfect.  I’m 15 weeks out of surgery and only have a few more weeks to go!


Q12. Engelhardt: Do you have a timetable on your decision?

A12. Ryan: I’m going to take my visits in September and October and decide before the season. 


Engelhardt: Great answers man, thanks for taking time to do an interview.  Good luck with your comeback and recruiting!

Ryan: Thank you, I appreciate it!