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Post by Stonehouse on Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:50 pm

Nice article about the future Pilot! I bolded some of the more pertinent bits. From what I've heard, the coaches love him and think he's going to be a stud from the start. Oh, and this is exactly the type of player Gonzaga used to scoop up and win WCC titles with. They are going more the international route now... which may prove to be just as successful. But me, I'm happy to get the talented NW kid:

Coeur d’Alene boys basketball coach Kent Leiss has seen several talented post players in his 21 years as a head coach.

None is better than 6-foot-7, 235-pound Ryan Nicholas of Gonzaga Prep.

Leiss made that statement based on watching Nicholas play last summer. The coach was convinced all the more after Nicholas scored a game-high 19 points in Gonzaga Prep’s 58-43 win over CdA in a season-opening game between the teams Tuesday.

“He’s better than Brock Osweiler,” Leiss said, referencing the 6-9 player from Flathead in Kalispell, Mont., who gave Gonzaga University an oral commitment before opting to play football at Arizona State. “He can run, he can shoot 3-pointers and he’s unstoppable around the basket. He’s a man-child.”

Nicholas signed a letter of intent with Portland last month.

“Ryan is a warrior,” Portland coach Eric Reveno said in a school news release. “Physically, he could play for us right now. He has a very high basketball IQ combined with tremendous toughness and passion for the game. Ryan’s leadership and work ethic will be evident the day he arrives on campus.”

Nicholas, the lone returning first-team all-Greater Spokane League selection, averaged 14.9 points per game last year when he led the Bullpups to fourth at state. He was named to the State 4A all-tournament second team.

He will make life much more pleasant this season for G-Prep graduate Matty McIntyre in his first year as head coach. Nicholas is the Bullpups’ lone returning starter.

McIntyre must fill some holes. Were the GSL coaches unfair by tabbing the team with a coach in his first head coaching position the favorite?

Not necessarily, if you listen to McIntyre or Nicholas.

“We don’t expect anything less than to be challenging for a league title,” McIntyre said.

“I’m not surprised,” Nicholas said. “I’ve always been confident that we can compete for the (league) title this year. Losing the players that we lost, I will notice their absence just because I played with them for two years and they were great players. But the guys who are going to fill their spots are great players as well. We have some young guys who are just waiting for the opportunity. It’s nice that the other coaches have recognized it and given credit where credit is due.”

McIntyre knows that Nicholas will play a huge role in the Bullpups’ success.

“He’s so relentless to the basket,” McIntyre said. “He just seems to have an extra gear. He’s got a motor I’ve never seen. He never seems to get fatigued. He’s very committed to getting every ounce of energy out of his body. I’m just glad I don’t have to come up with a game plan to defend him.”

If Nicholas must carry his team on his back – and he doesn’t think he will have to, by the way – he has the thick shoulders to carry the load.

“I’ve been asked if I’ve lost any inspiration for the game since I’ve already signed,” Nicholas said. “It was never about proving myself to a college. It’s about proving to myself that I can become the best that I can be. That’s what I work towards.”
McIntyre said that character trait of being self-driven manifests itself in many avenues of Nicholas’ life.

“I really want to talk about Ryan the student and citizen as well as the athlete,” McIntyre said. “He’s stellar in the classroom. He has a 3.9 grade-point average. And you should see him interact with his peers. He’s very kind and polite. I’ve never heard him say a bad word about anyone. What a great young man to lead a younger group of kids.”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/dec/04/pups-center-of-attention/?print-friendly

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Re: UP Recruit Ryan Nicholas Getting Some Love

Post by pilotram on Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:23 pm

Sounds like a good catch. Let's get this man an academic scholarship to boot.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:20 pm

I hope that he's as good as advertized at the college level too. It's easier to dominate at the prep level with that kind of size.

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Post by Stonehouse on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:22 pm

Well, to directly quote Reveno:

"Physically, he could play for us right now. He has a very high basketball IQ combined with tremendous toughness and passion for the game."

6'7" is a bit undersized for a PF, but not really at the college level... there are plenty of guys that size and even smaller who can get it done if they have the physicality and the motor, which is sounds like Nicholas has in spades.

I heard that when he came down for his official visit he was making some of our players look silly.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:25 pm

Stonehouse wrote:Well, to directly quote Reveno:

"Physically, he could play for us right now. He has a very high basketball IQ combined with tremendous toughness and passion for the game."

6'7" is a bit undersized for a PF, but not really at the college level... there are plenty of guys that size and even smaller who can get it done if they have the physicality and the motor, which is sounds like Nicholas has in spades.

I heard that when he came down for his official visit he was making some of our players look silly.

Cool. Any idea who they matched him up against?

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Re: UP Recruit Ryan Nicholas Getting Some Love

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:31 pm

I would assume Niedermeyer, Sikma, and Smeulders... though honestly I have no idea.

Of course, you have to take those types of reports with a grain of salt - we all remember (or at least MattyWizz and I do, since we joke about it all the time) the reports that said Marcus Carter was "schooling" Donald Wilson on his recruiting visit. And we all know how that turned out.

Actually though, I saw Marcus at the PSU game... it's very cool that he still feels connected to the program (and I'm sure he came to watch Jamie play too) and I really hope all is going well for him. I know he went to play DII ball in Wisconsin, so he obviously has come back to Portland. I always love seeing former players at the CC... Karl Aaker is a season ticket holder, I think, or at least has been to every game with his wife and young baby. Anyone else spot any former Pilots?

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Post by PilotNut on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:59 pm

Stonehouse wrote:Anyone else spot any former Pilots?

I saw Curt Ranta on that TV show... lol!

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Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:12 pm

If you look around you can usually see That Raivio guy watching um... that Raivio guy.

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Post by MesaPilot1 on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:00 am

AJ,, me thinks Stonehouse is exergerating slightly. I know for a fact on TJ's visits our first summer at UP he was not making anybody look silly. (Believe Ito, and Stohl were pretty weak competion for a JUCO stud to play against then)

I seriously doubt that Ryan was making Robin , Luke or Kramer look silly. Do you think Romar or Few. Let alone Kansas, Duke , or North Carolina wouldn't even look at this kid if he was making the big men from a top 25 team look "silly"???. A possible" Zag walkons(his description by many up north) do not make WCC juniors and seniors look "silly" maybe 4 and 5 star HS players do, but not possible Zag walkson's.I think Greg Anthony is probably the only HS player that made Pilot's silly his sr year in HS. I only hope Ryan is better then Greg Anthony talent wise, ha , ha.

I am looking foward to his arrival, and hope he and the Canadian, and Bailey can fill Robin's minutes.In fact if these reports are accruate about him we had better just reserve a spot in the Portland Athletics Hall of Fame for him. However I think are other incomming freshman will provide plenty of competiton for Ryan. I understand from people who have actually talked to him , he's a nice kid, and should fit in well with the UP program and Reveno's system.

I'm with Geez , every home game there is a younger version of Nik who looks about ready to graduate from HS shooting on the court. It usually happens after most of the fans have been ushered out of the arena. The only people left to witness young ravio are parents/family members, arena staff, broadcaster's because most of the general public has been given the boot out of the chiles by security.

That is a "local" hschooler that we need for sure


I just think it's kinda "horse apple's" to put incomming freshman on petestals. It's also not good for the program to start deciminating this type of imformation.We didn't do it for Nik, or TJ Campbell. We don't make a big deal out of Jaredd Stohls outstanding Shooting, Lukes tremondous rebounding...Ethan & Kramers tenacity and tough play, Robin's "miricle shot's". Why oh Why, should we run around like the sky is falling talking about somebody who isnt even on the team this year , and how they took the current players to school. Answer me this you guys what positive could come out of this gossip? Will it help the current team? no,no Is it counterproductive? Yes,Yes

I have never felt so strongly about a subject on this board in a LOOONNNGGG time. I know I write terribly, I write bad , negative, abscentmindly, have bad spelling , poor grammar.

But , one thing I have never done is gone out of my way tho try and denegrate current members of the UP Squad, SHame, Shame , Beating a Dead Horse Beating a Dead Horse Beating a Dead Horse


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Post by mattywizz on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:09 am

PilotNut wrote:
Stonehouse wrote:Anyone else spot any former Pilots?

I saw Curt Ranta on that TV show... lol!

You are talking about "The Practice" right?
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2240062/

I guess his other TV appearance was uncredited.

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Post by mattywizz on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:10 am

Stonehouse wrote:I heard that when he came down for his official visit he was making some of our players look silly.

My first thought when I read that was "Marcus Carter did that to Donald Wilson." I guess you beat me to it.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:24 pm

MesaPilot1 wrote:I seriously doubt that Ryan was making Robin , Luke or Kramer look silly. Do you think Romar or Few. Let alone Kansas, Duke , or North Carolina wouldn't even look at this kid if he was making the big men from a top 25 team look "silly"???. A possible" Zag walkons(his description by many up north) do not make WCC juniors and seniors look "silly" maybe 4 and 5 star HS players do, but not possible Zag walkson's.I think Greg Anthony is probably the only HS player that made Pilot's silly his sr year in HS. I only hope Ryan is better then Greg Anthony talent wise, ha , ha.

I don't think it's completely out of the question, Mesa, but, this is the stuff that little one inch blurbs in the newspaper are made up of...rumors. So, we really don't know. Some blue chip guys do overachieve and some highly rated guys underachieve too. Rev is great at finding diamonds in the rough. If he was going to be recruited by a big school like UNC or even a more successful Pac-10 school, he'd probably need to have a number score of 85-90+ on the web-based scouting sites. He doesn't, but, that doesn't mean that his stock won't continue to rise...

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