Nate Ritchie, Ryan Burton to walk-on for IU

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A pair of frontcourt players, one with Division I scholarship offers and one with playing experience at a major Division II program, are expected to walk-on next season at Indiana.

Nate Ritchie (pictured), who averaged 23.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season at Northridge, announced on his Twitter account earlier today that he would be a preferred walk-on. 

“I am blessed to say I will officially be playing basketball for Indiana University this coming fall, as a preferred walk on,” Ritchie wrote.

The 6-foot-7 Ritchie had offers from Air Force and Toledo and interest from other Division I programs. Northridge finished 18-3 last season, falling 67-62 to Concord in Class 4A sectional play.

Another Indiana native, Ryan Burton, who played two seasons (2011-2012, 2012-2013) at Bellarmine University in Louisville, is also joining the program as a walk-on.

Burton, a 6-foot-7 forward who played high school at Bedford North Lawrence, played in 58 games over two seasons at Bellarmine, where he averaged 4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game.

As a senior at Bedford North Lawrence, Burton averaged 11 points and six rebounds as the Stars finished 18-2 and won the Hoosier Hills Conference.

  • ronb

    These guys should help push DD,Max and others in Practice and they are both Indiana kids who usually know how to shoot. At 6’7″ they are the biggest walk ons in years over 6’3″ other than Howard.

  • ForeverIU

    Great news! Much needed for practice sessions and scrimmages, if nothing more.

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    Kyle taber, mike roberts

  • IUBizmark

    I love seeing this news!

  • ronb

    Sorry u are right about Kyle but my old mind goes back a long time and I do not remember Roberts. Can u refresh my memory? I am wondering who is was and when he played?

  • Ole Man

    Ritchie’s highlight tape makes him look like a steal! The kid can play some ball.

  • ForeverIU

    Sorta Max Hoetzel style?

  • shknqk

    Absolutely zero defense… Maybe less than zero.

    I’m not saying its bad, but I don’t think he will push guys bc he can’t defend. But we do need bodies of their size.

  • ForeverIU

    Zero defense at 7.4 rebounds a game?

  • Ole Man

    Better; he goes to the hole a lot better.

  • Phillip Ross

    I guess he couldn’t find any quality recruits for the scholarships. would have liked seeing a little more size- whos knows sounds like the one kid can score..

  • Snookafly

    I’m pretty sure he was from Eugene Oregon. Kind of a Private Pyle look to him if I’m remembering correctly.

  • Snookafly

    Well, if he’s got offense maybe he can push them to get better defensively.

  • thrawnjan

    Scholarships?

  • CreamandCrimson

    Walk-ons (Nate Ritchie, Ryan Burton to walk-on at IU) don’t take scholarships. We still have two scholarships available.

  • IULaw79

    He played for Mike Davis, but I believe was the final recruit signed by Bobby Knight. I don’t recall him being a walk on though, but could be wrong.

  • JMAC

    He looks to be one of the better walk ons we have had here. I think he will fit in well. A great get! Welcome Nate

  • Hoosier Pride

    He was signed by Bobbt Knight, then after graduation went to Texas Tech as a grad assistant, last time I knew he was a lead assistant at Rice.

  • calbert40

    Glad to have them aboard, but I do not look forward to all of the armchair coaches who will B & M every time either of them play! :)

  • Gregory Spera

    This team, down to the last man at the end of the bench, is apparently going to be built to “run and gun.” Should be entertaining if nothing else. Can’t wait.

  • Outoftheloop

    Kyle Taber was a 6’7 walk-on who then got a scholarship.

  • Outoftheloop

    Wrong! Max is a “big leaguer”!

  • shknqk

    Maybe he was rebounding his own misses? :)

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, it sounds like you’re trying to rebound your own miss! And you missed. But funny.

  • Mike Blair

    Two 6″ 7′ kids and from Indiana….nice!

  • ForeverIU

    Although we have an overall younger team than we had even last year, we will probably have more players logging major minutes who have already played together a full season than we did last year with the players logging major minutes. Namely: Yogi, Troy, Stan, Hanner, Devin. Last year it was effectively Yogi, Will, Jeremy. So, we will be younger, but we are older than last year’s team in terms of cohesion.

  • Ole Man

    Based upon the mix tapes of both players, Max is a better outside shooter. Ritchie has more moves to the basket. What is wrong with that? Wow!

  • Hoosier Hall

    A scholarship offer from Toledo doesn’t sound like much but they were a decent team last year, winning 27 games. Glad to see these guys have enough respect and admiration for IU to come here as walk on’s instead of having a full ride somewhere else. They’ll look pretty smart if they are wearing a FF or NC ring in a couple years!

  • IUeconAlum

    What is a “preferred” walk on versus just a walk on?

  • drewheck

    We’ve got two open

  • drewheck

    I’m just guessing but it sounds like coach said hey come play but you have to pay your own way

  • Alford Bailey

    Walk ons playing minutes other than garbage time = issues 99% of the time.

  • SCHoosier

    I think the kid is first in line for a one year at a time scholarship if one opens up. (not being used) Not sure how the new “Bill of Rights” will impact walk-ons.

  • Hardwood83

    They are asked to walk-on and assured a roster spot, I believe.

  • Hardwood83

    True- but IU is also down 2 scholarships too. So only 11 deep with a lot of Freshmen isn’t normal….I hope.

  • calbert40

    All I am saying is that it is funny to me to see all of the positive comments about these two walk-ons and contrast that to the comments after every game Marlin or Howard played last year. Disconnected would be a generous description of the difference.

  • thrawnjan

    Yeah but that won’t be affected by walk-ons.

  • Bryce Kepner

    You should go back and watch Max’s final mix tape for his senior season. He proved he’s not just a shooter. He can take guys off the dribble as well.

  • Ole Man

    Haven’t seen that one. Sure hope you’re correct. Have a feeling he’ll be a contributor before the season’s out.

  • NateMH

    Hope your kidding…we are becoming more like Purdue & less like the blue bloods by the day

  • Bryce Kepner

    Typically schools hold try outs for walk ons. A “preferred” walk on is guaranteed a roster spot without having to try out.

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