Former Notre Dame guard Ryan headed to UNC

By R.L. Bynum

Carolina picked up another transfer Thursday in former Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan.

Ryan, a 6–5, 195-pound graduate transfer, has one year of remaining eligibility. He started his career with one season at Stanford, took a redshirt in his first year at Notre Dame and played the last three seasons for the Irish. He was twice an ACC All-Academic Team selection and was the Irish captain for the last three seasons.

“Ultimately, why I chose North Carolina, I really felt a strong connection with Hubert Davis, who is a phenomenal basketball coach and person,” Ryan told 247Sports. “I think we are poised to have a hungry and talented group. That is something that really drew me, and my role and fit with those guys is something that really excites me.”

Ryan’s career-high was 29 points when he had seven 3-pointers in Notre Dame’s NCAA tournament 78-64 victory over Alabama in 2022 and he had 28 points and six 3-pointers in a win at Duke on Feb. 9, 2021.

He averaged 10.5 points per game in his three seasons at Notre Dame, making 36.4% of his 3-point shots. He has scored at least five 3-pointers nine times, with the seven against Alabama a career-high.

He was 1–5 against the Tar Heels, with one game while at Stanford and the rest at Notre Dame. He averaged 12.3 points per game last season. The lone win was when Ryan scored 11 points in the Irish’s 78–73 home win over UNC on Jan. 25, 2022.

Ryan joins incoming transfers Paxton Wojcik from Brown and Jae’Lyn Withers from Louisville.

Ryan’s season-highs last season

Points23Nov. 30Michigan St.
Minutes40Nov. 30Michigan St.
Field goals8Nov. 30Michigan St.
Field-goal attempts18March 4Clemson
3-pointers6Nov. 30Michigan St.
3-point atempts10March 4Clemson
Free throws7Nov. 16Southern Ind.
Free-throw attempts8Nov. 16Southern Ind.
Rebounds9Dec. 30Miami (FL)
Assists8Jan. 28Louisville
Blocks2Feb. 13Duke
Steals4Feb. 25Wake Forest

UNC roster

Here is a rundown of the Tar Heels’ scholarship players from the just-completed season, with their class should they return next season listed. UNC has two available scholarships.

4Sr.RJ DavisPG6–0175
0Soph.Seth TrimblePG6–3192
13Soph.Jalen Washington46–10225
55th yearArmando Bacot56–11235
Incoming transfers
5th yearCormac Ryan (Notre Dame)36–5195
5th yearPaxton Wojcik (Brown)36–5200
JuniorHarrison Ingram (Stanford)36–7230
SeniorJae’Lyn Withers (Louisville)46–9220
ESPN rankIncoming freshmen
10 (Class
of 2024)
Elliot Cadeau (5 star)PG6–0175
27Simeon Wilcher (4 star)26–3185
64Zayden High (4 star)46–9225
Eligibility over
Leaky Black36–9205
Pete Nance46–11230
Outgoing transfers
Caleb Love (Arizona)26–4200
Dontrez Styles (Georgetown)46–6210
Tyler Nickel (Va. Tech)36–7220
Justin McKoy (Hawaii)46–8220
Puff Johnson (Penn State)36–8200
Will Shaver (UAB)56–10260
In transfer portal
D’Marco Dunn36–5190
ESPN rank2024–25 freshman class
5Ian Jackson (5 star)26–5180
37Drake Powell (4 star)36–5185
48James Brown (4 star)56–9225

Photo via @UNC_Basketball


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