Ryan Reaches Division One Goal
Worcester Academy & BABC big man Declan Ryan recently announced his commitment to Holy Cross.
Before coming to New England, Ryan played at Canisius HS in Buffalo, New York. He had an outstanding final year for the Crusaders, leading them to an NYSCHSAA Class A State Title. Ryan averaged 20.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, earning MMHSAA Boys All-Catholic Player of the Year.
A decision was made shortly after that season to do a postgraduate year at Worcester Academy in NEPSAC Class AA. He proved to be ready for the uptick in competition, earning a key role for the Oskees. Ryan was part of a team that won 30 games, and a AA Championship, while also earning a National Prep Championship Final Four spot.
Ryan played his last summer of grassroots basketball on the Nike EYBL circuit for BABC led by head coach Leo Papile.
“Declan has worked hard upon his arrival to WA and adjusted well to the speed of the game,” said WA assistant coach Dan Sullivan. “His toughness showed in having to deal with a hand injury all season. Declan’s conditioning has improved and he has inside-out skill to make an immediate impact in the Patriot League.”
Ryan becomes the fifth member of WA’s 2023 class who will be competing at the Division One level next year.