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Ryan Cornish is a 6’2 combo guard prospect attending Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland and is a member of the class of 2021. Ryan started playing basketball recreationally by the time he had reached elementary school. In the third grade, one of his friends played AAU and asked Ryan to join his team; this is when he truly started to take basketball seriously.

Ryan takes pride in all the time and effort he has put in to working on his game. “My passion for the game is simply driven by the fact that I have something nobody else is willing to work for.” Nothing in this world is handed to you, knowing this, Ryan chooses to keep his head down and remain focused on accomplishing his goals. He has had to sacrifice a lot of his free time and dedicated it to getting better as a player; he tries to workout at least 2-3 times a day and once on game days.

The only challenge Ryan has faced so far in his basketball career occurred just a couple weeks before this past basketball season. He broke his collarbone and was forced to sit out the majority of the season. His trainers would always tell him that the injury represented, “a minor setback for a major comeback.” Ryan took this to heart and once he got clearance to play, he began working harder than ever before to become an even better player. Basketball helped him get through  this injury because, according to the young guard, “it gave him something to strive for again.” He is determined to come back from this injury a stronger player than before.

The game of basketball is exactly that for a number of people, just a game. However, Ryan feels that basketball is much more than that and says, “I see it as an opportunity.” He knows that he can use basketball to get to college and further himself as a person and player. He loves working on his game and claims how he, “fell in love with the grind.” It is clear that Ryan values hard work and determination because it is clear that he is willing to put in the work to get to where he wants to go.

The main thing Ryan brings to the court is versatility. Ryan notes how he used to be mainly a shooter, but how, over the years, he has added things to his game to make him and all-around contributor. He feels that versatility and leadership are two important qualities to have a successful career and every team could use more players with those traits.

Basketball wise, Ryan’s main goal is to get a scholarship to play Division 1 basketball. From there, he just wants to see where the game can take him. His main goal is to play professionally, and it seems he has the work ethic to make that happen. In terms of academics, Ryan would like to maintain his 3.5 GPA because he knows how important it is to be successful both on and off the court.

It appears Ryan knows what it takes to make it to the next level and has the work ethic to get there. Let’s hope he is able to combine his skills and mentality to make his dream of playing professionally a reality.

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