Ryan Oliver Commits to Siena

Ryan Oliver, a 6-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles, California, has reportedly given his verbal commitment to play for Siena College according to the twitter account of his prep school’s basketball team, Northfield Mount Hermon.

Oliver took an official visit to the Siena campus two weeks ago and apparently liked what he saw. He was scheduled to visit Fairfield this weekend but canceled the trip, giving Siena his commitment.

“I knew right away that I could come in and play and I felt comfortable with the coaching staff from day one,” he told the New England Recruiting Report, “but when I got on campus I just felt like this was the place I wanted to be.”

Oliver is currently spending a year as a post grad student at Northfield Mount Hermon, a Massachusetts prep school. He chose to do so after missing his full senior high school season after suffering a torn ACL during his junior year. Former Siena player Geoff Walker was one of his assistant coaches at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and is said to have been a factor in encouraging Oliver to pick Siena.

“Siena, honestly, it’s a great academic school,” said Oliver prior to visiting Siena. “Their business school is really good, and I want to major in marketing. (And) their success in making the tournament.”

At NMH, Oliver played for John Carroll, known for turning out talent. His program has produced many players for the Ivy League, among other conferences. Carroll had this to say about Oliver.

“He is one the most, if not the most, efficient scorers I have coached,” said Carroll. “He doesn’t need 20 shots to score 20 points. He is shooting 54% from the floor, 42% from three-point range and 90% from the free-throw line while leading our team with 17 points per game.”

“He has heard from Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Miami, Miami of Ohio, Portland and more,” said Carroll. “Schools that have come to see him also have a range from Boston College, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Fairfield, Rhode Island, La Salle, and more. He has over a dozen offers from Hofstra, Siena, Delaware, Hartford, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, Bradley and more.”

“He has a terrific understanding of game pace,” Carroll said. It has helped keep our team composed in crucial moments. He is always prepared to “answer the bell”.

Oliver describes his own game this way, “I am a combo guard who can score in a variety of ways.  I love to win and will do all in my power to help my team come up with a W.  I also love to make the extra pass and the smart plays to help my team win”.

With the commitment of Oliver, Siena has one scholarship remaining for the 2012-13 class. Siena has received previous commitments from guard Richard Audu (Regional Elite Development Academy, Canada) and forward Brett Bisping (Morton, IL).

Here is Oliver’s ESPN recruiting profile:
Oliver has an ideal frame and good athleticism for the scoring guard position. He has that scorer’s mentality and is an outstanding shooter. He can be deadly hitting pull-ups or slashing his way to the basket in transition. He has 3-point range on his shot.

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