Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Matt Ryan (stress fracture) is hoping to play in the team’s November 7th exhibition game, per Mike Brey.
While real games do not start until November 11, the 2015-16 All-ACC Academic Team member getting some time on the hardwood before earnest games begin is a good thing for the Fighting Irish.
The 2015 Mr. New York Basketball talent had some memorable moments last season for Notre Dame. He went for a career-high 17 points off the bench in the first half against North Carolina State (3/5/16), scoring eight consecutive points on his first three shots of the game (two shots from behind the arc, one jumper).
Ryan would previously make his first career start against Georgia Tech (1/13/16), scoring 10 points and grabbing a career-best seven rebounds while playing a career-high 35 minutes.
In the upcoming season, more of those types of outings is hoped for out of the young, but talented 6’7″ forward. A lot of Notre Dame’s potential success will hinge not only on his development, but health. It will be interesting to see how his minutes are distributed early on, as he is recovering from the stress fracture.
The Fighting Irish went 24-12 last season, losing in the Regional Semifinals in the NCAA Tournament.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.