Matt Ryan is granted release to transfer
Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Sophomore forward Matt Ryan has been granted a release to transfer from Notre Dame, the program announced in a statement Tuesday night.
“We wish Matt nothing but the best in his career moving forward,” Irish head coach Mike Brey said in the statement. “He was part of two great teams at Notre Dame and we fully support his decision to pursue his career in a different program.”
The release means that other schools will now be able to contact Ryan, the first step toward him leaving the Irish program.
After averaging 14.5 minutes and 5.1 points per game as a freshman, Ryan averaged just 7.9 minutes and 3.6 points each outing this season. A 3-point specialist — Ryan attempted just 37 2-pointers against 206 3s during his Irish career — Ryan will have two years left of eligibility wherever he lands; however, he cannot transfer to another ACC school, per conference rules.
Ryan’s departure leaves Notre Dame with just 10 players under scholarship for next season, nine returning scholarship athletes, plus incoming wing D.J. Harvey. That figure is three under the scholarship limit, which is 13 players in Division I men’s basketball.