FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ryan McBride, a 6-6, 190-pound junior college shooting guard, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Arkansas next season, head coach Stan Heath announced on Thursday.
As a sophomore at Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula College, he led the Coast Conference in scoring with 21.2 points per game while adding 9.5 rebounds and connecting on 46.2 percent of his three-pointers, helping the Lobos go 14-13.
As a freshman, he averaged 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while leading the Coast Conference with a .533 three-point percentage. He was also second in the league with an .852 free throw percentage.
McBride earned All-Coast Conference honors for Coach Blake Spiering both seasons at Monterey.
“One area we wanted to address for next year was three-point shooting and Ryan McBride’s numbers were very impressive,” Heath says. “We feel like he can give us a boost. He’s also a good player in other areas such as passing, defense and rebounding.”
McBride signed with Arkansas after also considering Pittsburgh, Kansas State and Tennessee. He was also recruited by Charlotte, Oregon State, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Utah State and San Jose State, among others.
McBride prepped at Manual High School in Denver.
“As soon as we get him on campus, we’ll get him involved in our weight training, playing with the guys and continue working on his fundamentals,” Heath says.
McBride is the third signee in this year’s class for the Razorbacks. During the fall signing period, the Hogs added 6-2, 175-pound combo guard Sean McCurdy of West Port, Conn., and 6-9, 235-pound forward Cyrus McGowan of Meridian, Miss.
McCurdy missed his senior season with a broken bone in his right foot, but averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 assists as a junior. Playing for legendary coach Bob Hurley, he helped St. Anthony (N.J.) High School go 30-0 and end the year ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.
McGowan led Meridian High School to the Mississippi Class 5A state finals and a 28-9 record with averages of 11.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.0 blocked shots and 2.0 assists per game. He earned second-team All-Mississippi honors by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and prior to his senior season was rated the third-best prospect in the state by Hoop Scoop.
Arkansas has one other scholarship available which may or may not be used.