Player Blog: Matt Ryan Planning Carolina, Duke Visits
Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt.Here’s his second player blog for ZAGSBLOG:
What’s up, everybody?
This is my second blog just to recap what I’ve been going through and what I’ve experienced that last few months.
With many new schools entering my recruitment in the fall I thought it was important to get to see these teams play whenever possible. I got to take in UNC play Louisville at Mohegan Sun in that tournament championship game. I then got to see Duke at MSG play Alabama, and also Notre Dame play Ohio State at MSG. These were all great games and very convenient distance-wise.
High school season at Iona Prep had been going really well for my team and I, and I personally was very satisfied with how I was playing. However, I began to feel pain in the same area of both hips. The doctors have said I have something called impingement and slightly torn labrums on both sides. Obviously crushing news as my season was cut short and AAU looks like a no-go. I have surgery scheduled in a couple of weeks at HSS in NYC with one of the best doctors in the country for this injury. I am only staying positive and cannot wait to begin rehab and get back on the court. It’s an approximate 4-5 month recovery time.
Time away from the game is rare for me and I am taking advantage of it however I can. Just this past weekend, I took an unofficial to BC and they played Duke on Saturday which was great. I have an unofficial planned for UNC Thursday for the rescheduled Duke game, and a visit down to Duke next Saturday for the Syracuse game. Other schools that I continue to hear from often are Stanford, Georgetown, ND, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Davidson, AZ State, Northwestern, Rutgers, GW, Fordham, and Harvard.
Thanks for reading! Until next time – Matt Ryan
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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