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Rivals150 junior Matt Ryan's season didn't start the way he had hoped it would, but after missing some early games, his game and recruitment are back at full-strength.
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The 6-foot-5 wing at New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep has made a quick return to form after being sidelined by illness.
"I was sick for the first two games of our season and we lost," Ryan told Rivals.com. "But I've played the last two games and we've won two in a row and [are] headed in the right direction. I've been playing well since I came back. I had 16 in the first game and close to triple-double the other night."
Ryan's near triple-double signifies that he is a player with versatility, making him a commodity for college coaches. In recent months, he's started to hear from some of college basketball's elite programs.
"I've been hearing from Duke almost every day," Ryan said. "I talk to North Carolina like once per week. Kentucky has been calling every couple weeks. Those are the biggest schools I've talked to.
"Michigan has been texting me a lot and Stanford said they need to see my grades before they offer me. Virginia and Georgetown have also been recruiting me."
Along with attention from those programs, the three-star prospect holds offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Harvard, West Virginia, Clemson, Davidson, Creighton and Providence.
"I think Notre Dame, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Creighton, Clemson and Davidson are probably recruiting [me] the hardest of anybody right now," said Ryan. "I went to Rutgers and Notre Dame. Both of them were great. When I went to Rutgers, I got to meet Coach Jordan and he offered me a scholarship. When I went out to Notre Dame, I was there for the football game against Michigan State and it was a great trip."
Ryan likes the way the Notre Dame coaches have been recruiting him.
"I talk to Notre Dame's coaches every game day I have and I talk to Coach Brey once every couple weeks, so I really like how they are recruiting me. I have a good relationship with the coaches."
The combination of recent success in the SEC and a strong relationship the coaching staff has Vanderbilt in the mix with Ryan.
"Probably one of my best relationships with a coach is with Coach Hufnagel down at Vanderbilt," said Ryan. "I've talked to Coach Stallings, too. I like what they've done with their program and they are usually one of the top teams in the SEC with Kentucky and Florida. I'm really interested in them. They are a great academic school as well."
Boston College head coach Steve Donahue has made a strong impression on Ryan. He's told the wing he would have a chance to play right away for the Eagles.
"Boston College is struggling a little right now, but next year when I'm a senior, they will have seven or eight seniors," said Ryan. "My best relationship with a head coach is probably with Coach Donahue. He's been great with recruiting me and he said I'll have a chance to go there and start as a freshman."
Ryan has yet to make any cuts to his list of schools, but he hopes to start narrowing his list down next year and has a goal in mind for when a commitment will be made.
"I pretty much like all the schools the same right now," Ryan said. "I haven't cut down my list yet, but I'll probably do that in a few months. Hopefully I'll have a top five after AAU season next year, take some officials and make a decision. My plan is to make a verbal commitment by Halloween next year."
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