With the loss of sharpshooter Kyle McAlarney and the addition of transfers Ben Hansbrough and Scott Martin, Notre Dame's backcourt goes from one of the smallest in the Big East to one that can play a bit more physically.[details]
Personal: JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Talented outside shooter with the opportunity to earn a starting job ... could emerge as one of Notre Dame's top perimeter threats ... looks to continue development as a player who can hit key shots in big games ... saw extended minutes a year ago as the season progressed ... needs to continue to develop consistency and confidence as a shotmaker as the Irish will rely on his ability to hit the outside shot ... struggled at the start of last season with his shooting percentage, but saw it rise as the season progressed .. talented player with a good knowledge of the game ... an underrated defender because he has such great arm length.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07): Played in 30 games ... averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds ... connected on all four of his three-point attempts in registering a career-high 12 points against Cincinnati while playing a season-high 30 minutes ... earned first career start in win over Providence as he played 12 minutes and scored five points ... matched career-best with seven points in win over Syracuse ... scored decisive five points in 66-63 win over Villanova ... connected on key three-pointer that tied the score at 60-60 with 2:29 to play and then gave the Irish the lead for good after connecting on two-of-three free throws with 1:39 to play after being fouled attempting a three-pointer ... scored six points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Winston-Salem St., in addition to dishing off two assists and making two steals while playing 21 minutes ... was 2-4 from the field after beginning the season 0-12 ... also scored six points in win over Seton Hall as he connected on both of his three-point attempts and played 16 minutes ... had six points in victory against Stony Brook ... played 16 minutes against Seton Hall and converted on both of his three-point attempts and finished with six points ... saw action in a season-high 23 minutes off the bench against Lafayette ... grabbed two rebounds in both the Lafayette and Citadel games ... scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off two assists against Elon in 18 minutes off the bench FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06): Played in 18 games and in eight BIG EAST contests ... enjoyed best outing of the season in second-round loss to Michigan in National Invitation Tournament as he came off the bench and played a season-high 34 minutes and finished with personal bests of seven points and four rebounds ... played 14 minutes against Florida International and scored a career-high three points ... tallied first collegiate points in season opener against Lafayette when he scored two points in 12 minutes off the bench and also had two points in win over Fordham ... played double-digit minutes in four contests ... did not play in the Alabama, Columbia and Wofford contests ... dished off assists in the Florida International, IPFW and Fordham games ... made key defensive play on final possession against IPFW that preserved 65-63 victory on the road ... played nine minutes in win over Providence ... made a career-high two steals in five minutes of action against Marquette ... also played two minutes against West Virginia ... connected on three-pointer (his only attempt of the game) against Rutgers ... scored two points in second meeting with Marquette.
AWARDS AND HONORS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2005-06) ...Team Irish Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the 2005 Gatorade Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Player of the Year ... recipient of the Markward Club Award, given to the top player in the Philadelphia area, as a senior ... earned all-conference, all-city and all-state accolades as a senior after averaging 15.0 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game ... led his Germantown Academy team to a 24-6 record and a top-five final state ranking in his last prep campaign ... served as team captain and was named team MVP as a senior ... enjoyed his best prep season as a junior, averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 48 percent from three-point range ... helped the team to a No. 5 national ranking and a conference championship as a freshman ... finished his high school career with 1,370 total points, and averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 apg ... had single-game career-highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds ... a three-time all-Inter-Academic League first team selection ... earned first-team all-area mention from The Intelligencer, and garnered honorable mention all-city accolades from the Philadelphia Inquirer as a junior ... participated in both the Charm City Challenge and the adidas Derby Festival Classic (played in same game as Luke Zeller) ... scored 10 points, on 3-of-5 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds in the Charm City game ... won the adidas Derby Festival Classic three-point contest in front of 10,000 people at Freedom Hall on the campus of the University of Louisville ... earned all-tournament honors at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas and the Philly Hoops Classic in the summer of '04 ... selected to the all-tournament teams at the Adidas Super 64 and Adidas Superstar Camp while a member of the PLAYAZ AAU squad in the summer of '04 ... high school coach was Jim Fenerty ... also lettered three times in track, clearing a top height of 6-0 in the high jump.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ryan Vincent Ayres ... older of two children ... younger brother is Cameron ... two-year member of Germantown Academy's Board of Trustees, as well as a participant in Forum Council and All Cultures Together Club ... his father, Randy, played basketball at Miami (Ohio) and is the former head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and at Ohio State ... he is currently an assistant coach on the Washington Wizards staff ... son of Randy and Carol Ayers ... is a member of Notre Dame's Student Advisory Council (SAAC) ... born 7-16-86 in Columbus, Ohio ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in marketing.