Ryan has accumulated a GPA of 3.41 as an accounting major since beginning his collegiate career in 2009. His efforts on and off the court culminated in him being named the 2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Ryan has been an extremely honorable person on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. While his record on the floor speaks for itself, his character off the court is what really makes him special. Ryan takes great pride in being the best person that he can, whether it be assisting teammates in being better at what they do, helping the coaches on a daily basis, being a good classmate to other students at the university or being of help to others in the community, Ryan has shown his true character and personality in all of those aspects.
Since his arrival at the University of Evansville, Ryan has been extremely generous in helping the Evansville community. He assists regularly in doing classroom reads for younger children with the Just Read program. This helps him to be able to assist younger people in the learning process while allowing them to communicate with him directly. He also helps in an event called “Race for the Cure.” It benefits breast cancer research and it is something that he assists in the production of on an annual basis. Other community service projects he has participated in include community cleanup, Special Olympics, Shriner’s Fest, MDA Telethon, Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, the YMCA Children’s Clinic and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk. For his efforts, Ryan was honored by the MVC with the State Farm Good Neighbor Award in the winter of 2012.
Ryan earned several honors following a stellar junior campaign. He was named the MVC Scholar Athlete of the Year while garnering MVC All-Conference First Team honors. He picked up the MVC Player of the Week award on three occasions while averaging 20.5 points per game, a total that was 11th in the nation. His top scoring efforts last season were 39 at Bradley before posting a career-high 43 points against Creighton. Ryan’s success did not just come in the score column as he registered 60 steals, a total that was second in the Valley. He was also the No. 3 free throw shooter in the league as he hit 84.4% of his attempts.