Having recently completed his academic career at Siena College, Ryan Rossiter is going all out towards a career as a professional basketball player. Today he informed us from Denver, Colorado that he had just completed a workout with the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. Soon after graduation Ryan headed out to Impact Basketball Training facility in Las Vegas. This facility is known as being one of the best basketball training facilities in the world. Its alumni include such NBA players as Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, and John Wall and many others. 4guysinblazers caught up with him during a break from his training earlier this week and conducted this interview in which he discussed his time at Siena and his future.
4guysinblazers: What brought you to Siena/ led you to choose Siena?
Ryan Rossiter: Coach Mac and the team were the main reasons I came on my visit, I felt comfortable with Coach right away and the team made me feel like I was already a member, so it was an easy choice.
4guysinblazers: What was the recruiting process like? And was it a hard decision?
Ryan Rossiter There were a ton of phone calls made to me by the staff and they came to watch me play either in AAU or at my high school, I knew right away I would be going to Siena, definitely an easy choice.
4guysinblazers: What advice do you have for a younger kid i.e. high school freshman who wants to be a college athlete?
Ryan Rossiter First off just keep having fun with whatever sport you want to play, and to make sure you always play your hardest no matter where your playing, I was told this as a kid and always stuck by it “you never know who’s watching”
4guysinblazers: What is your favorite moment/ best memory of your time at Siena on the court? And off the court?
Ryan Rossiter On the court is tough, probably any of the championships we won or the Ohio St. game, off the court is probably even tougher, I’ve made so many friends and built so many relationships off the court that it made my 4 years unforgettable so I really couldn’t pick just one but there are plenty for sure.
4guysinblazers: What went through your mind as the last seconds ticked off the clock in your last game with Siena?
Ryan Rossiter A ton of disappointment in myself, I did not play my best game and feel as if I let my team down that game when they needed me most.
4guysinblazers: What’s one thing a Siena fan might not know about what it’s like to be a Siena basketball player?
Ryan Rossiter How much we enjoy doing “nothing” during the season, after all the practice, meetings, games, and homework it certainly wears on you, nights that we can just hang out and watch a movie were always relaxing
4guysinblazers: How would you describe the support of the community, fans, and students for the program?
Ryan Rossiter It’s truly amazing the way everyone supports us, I loved being on the road coming out of the locker room and seeing more Siena fans than they had as the home team, they really get us going during the games and I think we feed off their energy.
4guysinblazers: What the hardest thing about being a college student athlete?
Ryan Rossiter Balancing your time, just being able to get work done and do all the things you must do as an athlete it is tough, but if you can balance your time the right way its not that bad.
4guysinblazers: You are now the all-time Siena rebounding king. How important was it to you to get that record and what does it mean to you to have it?
Ryan Rossiter It means a lot to me, that has been a goal of mine since my sophomore season, I always knew where I stood with that record and felt great when I finally accomplished it.
4guysinblazers: You made such an amazing progression over four years. Did you ever imagine as a freshman that at the end of your four years you would be looked at as one of the all time great players at Siena?
Ryan Rossiter I get this question a lot, I don’t want to say I knew my senior year i’ll be doing this and scoring that but I always set the bar high for myself. I knew I had the work ethic and drive to achieve the goals I set for myself. I knew that if I put the work in during the off-season that I would be able to do the things I wanted to.
4guysinblazers: Many kids dream of one day being a pro athlete at what point did it seem real like, wow this could really happen?
Ryan Rossiter Its always been a dream of mine and a goal I’m still trying to achieve but i guess it became real to me after this season, knowing that it’s a possibility I have been doing everything I can to put myself in the best situation to reach that goal.
4guysinblazers: You are currently in Las Vegas training at Impact. Describe the program and what it’s like.
Ryan Rossiter Its tough, definitely some of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, I workout on the court in the morning, go to the weight room after that to lift and work on flexibility and joint strength, eat lunch, relax for a bit then go and either play pick up or get some shots up, by the end of the day I’m ready to go to sleep right away.
4guysinblazers: You hired an agent to help with your professional career, any tryouts or interest from NBA or other pro teams thus far?
Ryan Rossiter There is definitely some interest, hopefully I’ll have a few workouts coming up, my agent has held off until I was out here training for a bit before I go to a workout, to make sure I’m in the best shape I can be during it.
4guysinblazers: What would you like Siena fans to know about teammates and fellow graduates Clarence and Steven?
Ryan Rossiter: Simply put they’re great guys and my best friends, everyone sees us on the court but its so much more then that these two guys are my best friends and I’ll stay in touch with them for the rest of my life.
4guysinblazers: Have you ever heard of a more ridiculous name for a fan website than 4guysinblazers ?
Ryan Rossiter Haha probably not, I was hoping to have a good answer for this question but couldn’t think of much, it’s a catchy name and pretty crazy.
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