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Former Notre Dame Wing Matt Ryan To Transfer To Vanderbilt

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Matt Ryan played two seasons at Notre Dame. He'll play his final two at Vanderbilt.
Joe Rayond

Matt Ryan, who played two seasons for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, has committed to transfer to Vanderbilt for his final two seasons of eligibility, he announced Tuesday night.

“Notre Dame, thank you for the memories,” Ryan wrote on Twitter. “But it's time for a new opportunity, and that will be under Coach Drew at Vanderbilt University.”

Ryan visited Vanderbilt from April 8, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. Ryan must sit out the 2017-18 season, per NCAA rules, and will be eligible in 2018-19.

He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Vanderbilt finished 19-16 overall and fifth in the Southeastern Conference in 2016-17. The Bryce Drew-led Commodores, a nine seed, lost to eighth-seeded Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ryan averaged 3.6 points per game this past season as a sophomore off the bench at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7, 228-pound native of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., had a larger role as a freshman in 2015-16, averaging 5.1 points while logging 14.5 minutes a game.

He announced he was leaving the Irish on March 28.

He left the Notre Dame program looking for a clearer path to playing time, which wasn’t guaranteed with the Irish. Sophomore wing Nikola Djogo and sophomore forward John Mooney are expected to contribute, as is incoming freshman D.J. Harvey.


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