In this edition of player spotlight, we get an insight to the boys basketball captain, Jack Ryan. Along with co-captains Tucker Wexler and Miles Jones Jack has been leading the Bears as they seek to continue their section finals streak after losing to Pleasantville at the County Center last year. At the time of this interview, the bears are 6-2 and have secured wins over a some potential Section 1 contenders.
Q1: How long have you been playing and what position do you play?
Jack: I have been playing since I was 8. I started playing in a league out of the Ossining rec center and I’ve played shooting guard nearly my whole career.
Q2: What’s your favorite Song on your pregame playlist?
Jack: Outlet by Desiigner
Q3: What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
Jack: We are looking to take things one game at a time, but we all know we have the talent to go as far as a state championship if things come together.
Q4: What Pro do you compare yourself to?
Jack: Klay Thompson, a lights-out shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors
Q5: What do you, and your team think you could improve on from last years performance? (which ended in a section finals loss to Pleasantville)
Jack: I think we really need to improve on the minor aspects of the game, from free throws to capitalizing more in transition.
Q6: What are your favorite basketball shoes?
Jack: My favorite basketball shoes are the orange hyperdunks (from Nike) that the majority of the team wear for our games.
Q7: What is your favorite Hobby Outside of Basketball?
Jack: Outside of basketball, I love to play baseball. Outside of sports, just spending time with friends.
Q8: What are your thoughts on the committee taking the Section 1 finals away from the county center? (They have been moved to Pace this year university in a highly contro- versial decision.)
Jack: I think they’re getting rid of one of the best traditions in Section 1 sports, and they are taking away an experience that many kids have dreamed about since they started playing basketball.