As we laid out on Monday, Indiana’s primary roster need going forward is production from the wing.
One player with a proven track record to that end is Notre Dame transfer guard Cormac Ryan.
Ryan started in all 32 of Notre Dame’s games this past season. He averaged 12.3 points per game on 40.9 shooting from the field overall including 34.4 percent from three. He added four rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
The 6-foot-5 Ryan is a career 35.5 percent three-point shooter including 40.7 percent on 140 attempts a year ago. His efficiency dropped off year-over-year, perhaps because he was asked to take on a greater scoring load. Ryan’s effective field goal rate dropped from 56.2 percent to 50.5 percent from 2021-22 to 2022-23, while his usage rate increased from 16 to 21 percent, and his percentage of the shots when he was on the floor went from 16.6 percent to 21.2.
He’s a career 80.5 percent shooter from the free throw line.
Ryan’s turnover rate improved each season in college, down to 12.9 percent in 2022-23. His 10.8 percent turnover rate in ACC games was 13th best in the league.
The process could be drawn out for Ryan, who also placed his name in the NBA Draft. But he has started to schedule college visits, with North Carolina the first reported publicly.
Ryan started his college career at Stanford. As a freshman he appeared in 24 games for the Cardinal, starting 17 including the season opener. He finished the year with an 8.7 ppg average, while leading the Cardinal with 48 three-point field goals. He sat out the 2019-20 season after transferring.
Before transferring to Notre Dame, Ryan also considered Michigan, Northwestern, Villanova and Yale.
Coming out of high school, Ryan was a consensus four-star prospect from Milton Academy in Massachusetts. He was a two-time New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class A Player of the Year (2017, 2018).
A New York native, Ryan scored 1,423 career points at Milton Academy, joining the program in his sophomore season after playing as a freshman at Collegiate Prep in New York City.
Out of high school he chose Stanford over Florida, Michigan, and others.
Ryan has one year of eligibility remaining.
For a complete summary of IU roster updates and portal prospects, along with activity across the Big Ten, GO HERE:
IU basketball/Big Ten roster tracker: departures, additions and prospects (updated 4/17)
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