Jan 21, 2012; Dayton, OH, USA; Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller reacts to a call in the second half against the Xavier Musketeers at University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers defeated the Musketeers 87-72. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Dayton, Pitt, Duquesne All Have Something to Offer Ryan Luther

His visits are over. His final three appears set. Ryan Luther’s recruitment is effectively over except for some phone calls and the decision. Dayton, Pitt and Duquesne must wait patiently until he makes his choice. I have no idea where he’ll end up and honestly, I could see him picking any of the finalists. Each offers a unique opportunity with qualities none of the others can match.

Dayton coach Archie Miller gave Luther his first offer midway through 6’8” swingman’s junior year. He has recruited him the longest and the Luther family has ties to the Millers who have long held a prominent position in WPIAL hoops. Dayton offers the best fanbase and home atmosphere of the trio remaining for Luther. Flyers fans truly love their team and Dayton basketball trumps all other sporting options in the area. Though the Oakland Zoo might try to make an argument for itself, they’re fourth at best in the regional pecking order. The Flyers could represent his best chance to play early with current forwards Devin Oliver and Matt Kavanaugh graduating in the spring.

Going to Pitt would keep Luther at home and allow him to play for the team he grew up rooting for. They offer ACC basketball with its trips to Tobacco Road, Louisville and Syracuse. Of the programs he settled on, only Pitt gives him a realistic chance to play in the NCAA tournament each year of his college career. Coach Jamie Dixon has a great reputation as a teacher of the game and his players no doubt get better year over year. He’s also well established in his current position and looks firmly cemented in Oakland.

Duquesne offers direct family ties with his father a graduate, his uncle Brian Shanahan a 1000 point scorer for the program and  his twin brother a possible teammate. Of the remaining schools, only Duquesne has offered both Collin and Ryan. Jim Ferry has shown the greatest commitment to landing Luther and has attended many of his games over the summer. Luther has said he prefers to play in an up tempo system and the Dukes push the pace. Dayton plays at a moderate speed while Pitt was one of the slower teams in the country. Ferry’s system might suit Ryan the best as it requires post players with excellent ball skills and he could even have the opportunity to play on the wing.

Dayton has the fanbase and family connections. Pitt offers stability. prestige and coaching. Duquesne plays his choice system and might provide an opportunity to continue his career with his twin brother. It’s nice to have options but I don’t envy the difficult decision Ryan Luther will have to make soon. It  comes down to what is most important to him and at this point, his decision will be like buying a house. Ultimately, he can’t have everything, but his options provide him with the opportunity to get what he wants most even if it requires some sacrifice.


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