Ryan has been the standout forward for Christchurch Boys High School team. Ryan has played representative basketball for his Canterbury region. He receives coaching from Eagles Academy head coaches Mick Downer (former ANBL and Australian Junior/Senior National Team coach) and Mel Downer (former Head Coach at Australian Centre of Excellence and also played in the WNBL).
He is an athlete of the Mainland Eagles Academy which has produced New Zealand players Max Darling (Illawarra Hawks), Taylor Britt (Perth Wildcats), Mary Goulding (Fordham University), Sam Timmins (University of Washington), Angus McWilliam (TCU/UC Riverside), Quinn Clinton (St Mary’s), Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist), Max de Geest (Long Beach), Tom Webley (University of Hartford), Amiee Book (Cal State Fullerton) and Tsubasa Nisbet (Georgia Southern).
Mick Downer (Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach, Former ANBL Coach):
Ryan is a fantastic young man, it’s been a real pleasure watching him grow as a player and develop his all round game. A stretch forward who has played at the HS level as a forward/post so he’s used to guarding big players and does well in the physical contest. Crafty around the paint playing off defenders contact or facing up and playing off jabs and drives. Ryan has evolved his game to become a good stretch player that has to be guarded from the 3pt line. He’s a great learner and trainer, he’ll ask the right questions, does all the little things to help his team win and loves to complete. He has no baggage and is the ideal team mate. A real pleasure to coach and an all-round exciting prospect.
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