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NCAA Basketball News: Green Bay Phoenix Announces Will Ryan as Basketball Head Coach, Jonathan Kuminga Might Hit the G-League

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NCAA News Green Bay Phoenix Announces Will Ryan as Basketball Head Coach, Jonathan Kuminga Might Hit the G-League

The NCAA basketball tournament might be canceled this year, but the Green Bay community has not stopped from making changes. The Phoenix made an important announcement when they hired Will Ryan as their new head coach for the team.

Ryan will be the eight head coach for the Green Bay Phoenix. Ryan seems to be following the footsteps of his father Bo Ryan, who was the former head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers. This is a new leap for Green Bay in their basketball history as they are all set to start a new journey with Will Ryan.

It turns out that Green Bay Phoenix took close to a month to decide on the right person to lead their team. Former head coach Lich Darner decided to part ways with Green Bay last month when they completed the season with a 17-16 record. Ryan seems to be the appropriate candidate with his rich experience and contribution towards basketball.

Ryan was the head coach at the Division II program in Wheeling University West Virginia. The 49-year-old new coach has a lone season record of 14-13. Charles Guthrie, the Athletic Director, stated details of the final contract with Ryan is still in the process. Nevertheless, Phoenix has a new leader that came in at the right time.

Ryan’s Versatile Skill Appears Appropriate for Green Bay

Getting deeper into Ryan’s experience, he’s been with the Badgers for five seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations and a Video Coordinator. Back in 2005, Ryan was the head coach for the Wisconsin Swing AAU team. With two national championships for the Denver Pioneers as a player, Ryan has also been an assistant coach with North Dakota State University. Chancellor Michael Alexander stated that the Green Bay community is excited and happy for their decision on Ryan.

Apart from the Chancellor, Ryan announced that he’s equally excited to enter the proud Phoenix family. Ryan has a long way to go before his first game with Green Bay. The first home game for the new head coach will be against Montana State on November 14, and the first official match as the coach for the Phoenix is all set to take place on November 10 against Oklahoma State. Ryan is certainly eager for the Ncaa basketball playoffs to take its course, but there is a long road to be taken. 

Jonathan Kuminga’s Pending Decision Keeps Experts in the Loop

On the other hand, the NCAA has fresh information about Jonathan Kuminga. The No. 1 recruit of 2021 seems to have several options on this plate. Kuminga has the chance to opt between Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, Texas Tech Red Raiders or the G League. However, at the last minute, he’s reclassified at school and is currently in the class of 2020. If Kuminga hits the G League he might opt out of college.

Apart from all the options, Kuminga joining the Kentucky Wildcats next season seems unlikely. The 17-year-old player seems to have everything sorted out and his brother is all set to play for Texas Tech Red Raiders for the next season. Kuminga was one among the top five players from all the four schools and he has the option to either go pro or join a college. Getting the No.1 NBA Draft requires talent and the small forward has made it to the 2021 pick.

With five options left for Kuminga he is bound to make a concrete decision sooner or later. Some of the recruiting experts have a strong feeling that he might go pro. Kentucky Wildcats have also looked into other options such as Patrick Baldwin Jr, who’s currently the No. 2 pick. The Wildcats have offered Baldwin a scholarship. Coming in at the third spot in Paolo Banchero and he’s all set to remain in 2021. The Ncaa college basketball has been up with several other news, but Will Ryan and Jonathan Kuminga are definitely trending at the moment. Green Bay has already made their choice and Kuminga will follow with his opinion soon. 2021 NCAA basketball is all set to be one amazing season since 2020 did not go well due to the present situation.