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Posted On: 11/28/18 6:58 AM
The Dulaney Lions are the favorite in Baltimore County this season, especially after the addition of 2020 forward Cam Byers. Even with the addition of Byers, the path still won’t be easy for Dulaney with a New Town team that boasts an impressive roster.
A huge reason why Dulaney has an upper hand on New Town is their point guard Ryan Conway. The 2021 guard had an impressive freshman season that included a ton of learning experiences that he’ll look to correct in his sophomore season. We caught up with Conway to discuss a variety of topics.
PH: How was your spring and summer with Team Melo both individually and as a team?
RC: As a team it went pretty well. We didn’t win as much as we wanted to, but I felt as though by the end of the season we started playing more as a team. Individually, it was pretty good for me. I was able to pick up a bunch of offers and improve my overall game.
PH: How is this team different from last year’s team?
RC: This year’s team is different because now we have an inside presence in Cam Byers. Before we had Josh Cornish (Southern Utah), who was a great leader for us. Losing Josh hurts, but it’s good that we got an inside presence because that’s really what we were missing last year. A big who can be a presence inside and rebound. Ike Cornish has improved so much as well. Che [Evans] is Che, and Cam Amoruso does a lot of the dirty work for us and we’ll definitely need him this year.
PH: Do you see your role changing at all this season and if so, how?
RC: I honestly see it being pretty much the same as last year. Except now, I have to make sure I keep the big fella happy. As long as I’m leading the team, being vocal and getting my teammates involved, we’ll be fine.
PH: What are some little technicalities in your game that you’re focusing on improving this season?
RC: Being a leader on a team is a lot to ask for, but I’m ready for the task and that’s what I’m working on the most. Coach Lochte is working with me so that I can become the best point guard I can be. I think the biggest thing right now is just understanding the game properly and having high IQ.
PH: Who’ve you been hearing from a lot recently in your recruitment?
RC: I have seven offers right now, but other schools that have been contacting me are schools like Virginia Tech. I have an unofficial visit there December 1. Seton Hall has been in contact with me a lot. George Washington has also reached out to me. In terms of schools that have offered, TCU, Old Dominion, Kansas State and Boise State have all taken the time out to come out and see me since they’ve offered.
Evaluation of Conway: Conway is a gifted scorer from all three levels. Where he shines brightest is breaking his man down off the dribble and pulling up from 15-18 feet. He operates well in the pick-and-roll. With Byers, I expect to see him in those situation more often than he was last year. He moves well laterally and gets after it on the defensive end. He communicates effectively, and I expect him to become more of a vocal leader as he ages. He’s a positive teammate no matter the situation. As he continues to build on his basketball IQ and play making for others, his ceiling will continue to rise as a prospect.
Conway is a top-3 prospect in the class of 2021 according to Prep Hoops Maryland. To view the entire class of 2021 player rankings, click here!