The UC Irvine men's basketball team's gaping hole in the middle left by the transfer of three-year starter Eric Wise to USC looks a little less huge with Coach Russell Turner's announcement Monday of the addition of Fresno State transfer John Ryan.
Ryan, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center, played in 17 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman last season. He produced 19 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. He will sit out the 2011-12 season, per NCAA transfer rules, then have three years of eligibility remaining for the Anteaters.
Ryan averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and four assists per game as a senior at El Segundo High in 2009-10. He was a two-time first-team All-Pioneer League performer. He was a team captain in his junior and senior seasons and was named the team's MVP. He also won team awards as the best passer and best rebounder.