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Ryan Seelye以前,期间和之后与Pitt Hoops谈论的生活

When he was in high school, St. Marys native and Elk County Catholic High School graduate Ryan Seelye attended an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) game in the Petersen Events Center with some friends and family.

(Nate Steis的文章。)

He watched as the Pitt Panthers ran out of the tunnel, and he visualized what it could be like to make this dream a reality.

Standing 6’6”, Seelye surely is built to play college basketball, but his path to get there was a unique one.

The former ECC Crusader moved into Pitt in the summer of 2015 a week before classes were slated to kick off. He had chosen biology as a major and planned on taking on medical school after the completion of his undergrad.

Seelye chose going to Pitt over playing basketball for the likes of Juniata, Thiel, and Penn State DuBois. He also received some mail from Cornell and Harvard football, but never pursued this endeavor. What he did decide was a good education, and the University of Pittsburgh did provide that.

Just a few days after moving in, Seelye decided that he was interested in making a dream of playing college basketball at Pitt a reality. “The night before school started I decided to email the entire staff and list some credentials,” said Seelye. I heard back from two of the coaches, and they invited me to play pickup with the team on Monday afternoon.”

Seelye went to this pick up session, and he was performing well. We made some three’s, grabbed some tough rebounds, and kept up with the game speed. After pick-up concluded, he was approached by former Pitt and current Texas Christian University (TCU) Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon.

“我注意到一个在看着美国玩耍的漂白者中,我真的无法看到它是谁。最终,教练迪克森下来了,开始与我说话了一段时间。这是一个非常不真实的经历。“

具有讽刺意味的是,Seelye并不是第9区的唯一一个与Pitt Basketball队一起使用的区域。2013年Smethport Graduate Zach Smith使球队成为一个漫步,这是在这些拾取游戏中,这两个第一次见面了。

“Zach Smith是我仰视的人,”圣玛丽本土说。“他有一个惊人的高中职业生涯,他是我见过的最艰难的劳动人和运动员之一。”

After two more days of pick up, Seelye did not hear from anyone on the team that Thursday. However, he did hear from some of the coaches that Friday and made his way across campus with James Robinson, one of the former star guards on the 2015-2016 Pitt Panthers team and a former ESPN Top 100 Recruit.

这双人从他们的早晨通往他们在校园里一起走在一起,Seelye记得开始从路人那里看到一些看起来,因为他是罗宾逊校园里的大男子之一。

“他认识每个人,或者在我们看到的每个人那里都很多。他对我来说是一个伟大的导师,了解如何在皮特熟悉的熟悉面孔。“

After meeting with the coaches, Seelye was asked to join the team as a walk-on. He graciously accepted, and he could not wait to tell some of his friends and his family.

“我记得回到我的宿舍里,打电话给我的家人。当我告诉她时,我的妹妹老实说并不是我起初不相信我。她实际上对YEAH的效果说了一些事情,你将去见Dixon接下来的教练。她知道我已经拥有了。“

这是官方的;Ryan Seelye从宾夕法尼亚州农村的篮球计划中做了不可想的是制造电力5篮球计划。虽然它仍然如此卓越,但比某些可能会认为更令人敬畏。看着那种节目麋鹿县天主教在男孩篮球中,Seelye这个机会并不是一个惊喜。

从早起,小型驾驶员有助于年轻人在篮球中培养他们的爱和技能。特别是在谈论ECC和篮球计划时,前派威的前锋有很多话要说。

“关于ECC作为学校,社区以及篮球计划有一些特别的东西。人们在那里教我这么多关于角色,纪律,态度,决策,以及逆境。他们准备好了,不要只是玩大学篮球,而是为了现实世界。我喜欢通过电话或短信赶上蓝色的人,谢谢他们。当我在家看到每个人时,我也会上学。“

Seelye是在2010年中出于ECC的更好的运动员之一,因为他在足球中取得了成功,就像一个运动员一样,在棒球是投手和第一个垒战,也是篮球作为十字军的前锋。必威网址

Though Seelye loves basketball, he lists Friday Night Lights as something he misses most. “Driving around on a Friday night and seeing those lights, it makes me miss my friends and so many memories. There is nothing like high school football to me.”

Seelye spent a season and a half as a member of the Pitt basketball program, and he was a part of a Panther team for the 2015-16 season who won 20 plus games and went to both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

He remained with the team for his sophomore season for the Fall, but decided to focus on school and wanted the experience of being a student and not a student-athlete. This change helped Seelye find what was important in life, and that was his education, career, and his support system.

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“我不再玩之后,我做了一个伟大的努力reconnect with so many who I just could not see or talk with as much as I wanted to when I was playing. That took a toll on me when I was playing, and some people just do not understand what it is like to be an athlete at that level. For comparison, some of my teammates would shoot and workout until 2AM and then be up at 7AM for lifting. Being a student-athlete at that level is like working two full-time jobs to me.”

离开球队可能是他生命中最艰难的决定之一,这不是任何20岁的决定都应该受到批评。Seelye可以回忆起他的性格质疑社交媒体和新闻成员撰写的文章,但他选择在这些艰难时期站立强劲。

Looking back nearly four years, Seelye has nothing to be regretful of. He played Division I basketball in the ACC, graduated from Pitt with a degree in Economics, he spent a semester abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, and he gained valuable work experience in several different industries.

The Elk County native graduated from Pitt in December of 2019, and decided Colorado was a place he could see himself enjoying. Seelye has lived in both Boulder and Denver, and has worked as a financial analyst since March of this year.

He is close to obtaining his license in skydiving, and has been skydiving in multiple states and countries.

The former Pitt forward still plays some pick-up basketball, but admitted he did not pick up a ball for several months or attend many games for the remainder of his sophomore season. “It hurt giving it up,”Seelye said. Pitt basketball was so good to me and actually tried to have me take different roles with the team, but I stood firm in my decision.”

Seelye在玩接送时谈论的一件事是他总是让每个人都在对抗他时得到最好的努力。“我明白为什么它是这样的,但有时我只想玩游戏并享受游戏。这是一件事让老了。“

The love of sports will always be existent for this small town kid, but his passions are wide. In fact, on his bookshelf sits 20th century classics, agriculture novels, and books related to finance. His brain is like a sponge, and he is quick to dive into learning new topics.

在23岁时,Ryan Seelye的生活刚刚开始。他肯定有很多不同的经历大多数年轻人只能梦想,但他的低调和寒冷的氛围以科罗拉多山脉为中心,荒野适合可预见的未来的风格。



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