2015 Carmel guard Ryan Cline enjoys Indiana visit

  • 05/08/2014 8:03 pm in

In the months since the 2013-2014 high school basketball season ended, the stock of 2015 Carmel guard Ryan Cline has continued to rise.

In late March, Cline was announced as part of the Indiana Junior All-Stars team that plays Kentucky on June 6 and June 7. On April 18, he took an unofficial visit to Purdue and was offered a scholarship. On April 30, he was offered by Ball State.

Today, Cline was on an unofficial visit to Indiana, participating in an open gym that included current players. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard said he “had a lot of fun” during the visit, in which he toured Cook Hall and got to know the program a bit more.

“I got to know all the coaches, played with the players and talked to them,” Cline said. “I also talked to the strength coach (Je’Ney Jackson) and it was just a fun experience.”

Cline said he grew up following the Hoosiers — “I feel like everyone in Indiana does,”  he said — and that the Hoosiers have started showing interest in him as a prospect.

He mentioned IU as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest right now, along with Butler, Purdue, Indiana State, Ball State, Belmont and Creighton.

He has additional offers from Belmont, Lipscomb, South Alabama and Northern Kentucky, as well.

“But (the Indiana interest) means the same to me as any other school,” Cline said. “Just trying to keep my options open.”

Cline is particularly regarded for his shooting ability, averaging 16.9 points per game and 43 percent 3-point shooting for Carmel in his junior year. But Cline told the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep in April that “It kind of upsets me a little bit when people think I’m just a spot-up shooter.”

“I feel like I bring a shooter, a good passer, a leader, and a guy who knows how win and wants to get himself and his team better,” he told Inside the Hall. “I need to work on my athleticism and my ball handling the most.”

And how does he plan on achieving that, as his stock continues to rise?

“Gotta put in the work in the weight room,” he said.

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  • Gwade8888

    Not sure I’ve ever seen a quicker release from beyond the 3-pt line

  • Bryce Kepner

    “But (the Indiana interest) means the same to me as any other school”

    I don’t like the sound of that

  • jmac

    Nice follow through.. textbook goose neck at the end, though this video doesn’t wow me. Kind of reminds me of playing at the local YMCA.

  • JWaltFTW

    That’s a very common thing for recruits to say.

  • HoosierGrampy

    I liked the fact that on many occasions he gave the rock to others on the team who had better looks than he did. I tire watching all the blue chippers guards jack it up whenever and from wherever they feel like it w/o even looking at anyone else…watching him come hard off a couple screens instantly reminded me of a young baller from New Castle back in the mid-80s who was a pretty decent shot.

  • Cismaworld

    If you have never seen this kid shoot in a game then you are missing one of the most pure strokes I have ever seen. This kid is who we all grew up watching as youngsters on past IU teams. He is a Indiana kid that can shoot the freaken lights out of the place. He has a great coach at Carmel and his stock is only going to rise to the point of Duke, Kansas, Mich St. all offering. Kids that can shoot like this don’t come along very often. I sure hope IU get’s in early and finds away to get this kid to sign. By the way my son talks to him in school everyday. He is stoked about visiting IU.

  • Cismaworld

    He led the number 1 team in the state all year. Carmel will be preseason number one next year. While all the other players in the state can jump higher, dunk harder and dribble between their legs this kid will just put up 24 points a game and lead Carmel to another State Championship. We saw enough kids on IU this year that can jump high, dunk hard and dribble between their legs. But not many that could make a basket when it counts.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I posted this in the earlier “Recruiting Notebook” post but it’s more relevant here.

    I have seen Ryan Cline play multiple times and he is an absolute knockdown 3-point shooter. He looks a bit awkward on the floor (kind of awkward running, kind of awkward defending, kind of awkward driving the ball) but when he shoots, I am really surprised when he misses.

    I don’t know if he’s quick enough or athletic enough to earn significant playing time but I feel very confident in saying that he will make 3-pointers for 4 years wherever he ends up.

  • marcusgresham

    What else can he say? If it’s just “interest” and not an offer it’s like telling everybody you really like that chick in history class who talks to you without knowing she’d actually go out with you.
    You never want to tell your prom date that you asked her because the girl with bigger hooters turned you down.

  • Nick Claghorn

    Guarantee he’s better than Sean Kline.

  • skotchie

    Classless comment with no relivance.

  • PocketHoosier

    Just committed to Purdue…One of the best shooters in the state and Indiana didn’t even offer him.