Basketball Recruit to Watch: Ryan McMahon


Ryan McMahon is best described as a “sharpshooter.” The 6’1 shooting guard just received a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville on Thursday night, and a commitment could be coming very soon, quite possibly even today.

McMahon is from Sarasota, Florida and plays for Cardinal Mooney High School. He doesn’t have many offers at all, and Louisville is by far his best offer. ESPN rates him as a 4-star prospect. McMahon visited Louisville for the North Carolina game a couple of weeks ago.

Steve Jones of the Courier Journal did a full story about it, and here is some of that.

Asked in a phone interview if the Cards are his son’s favorite, Dave McMahon said, “Oh, God, yeah. Oh, yeah, absolutely.”

“They’ve been very good and very gracious, and they pull no punches,” Dave McMahon continued. “That’s a winning program, and that’s what they expect to do for whoever they bring on. It’s all about winning. That’s a good thing. As a father, it’s humbling, it’s great.”

Ryan McMahon said on Feb. 2 right after his trip to U of L that the coaches said they wanted to see him one or two more times in person before deciding whether to make an offer. The Cards had assistant coaches on hand Thursday night as he scored 32 points in an overtime victory in the regional quarterfinals.

Since November, Pitino has expressed a desire to add at least one more backcourt player to his 2015 recruiting class, and McMahon emerged recently as a realistic target.

“They have specific needs and what they look for based on what they’re doing this year and all of that,” Dave McMahon said “but Ryan’s skill set is obviously to stretch the defense, great vision, and I think that’s obviously that’s something they’re looking at for him is to put the ball in the hole from deep.”

Around the 1:20 mark, McMahon drills a 3 over Antonio Blakeney. Just an FYI.

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