Dec. 5, 2013
Freshman Forward, 6-9, 215, Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton H.S.
A local Gibsonia, Pa. native, Ryan Luther is a versatile late bloomer with a variety of skills who can play on the wing and hit 3-pointers. An extreme talent, Luther is a unique player in that he’s tall and long, has excellent size for a small forward, can shoot, play athletic and has proven to be a great competitor. A combination forward, he has been described as a multi-talented player with excellent game instincts. On offensive end, he can either post up and score down low or can hit jumpers from the outside with excellent range and also handle the ball against pressure. He also has shown the ability to drive to the basket and finish. Luther is a player who has improved so much over the last two years that his game has taken him to a different level because of his improved athleticism. His playing style and versatility has been compared to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.
Expected to graduate in June, 2014 from Hampton High School where he has already lettered three years on the varsity basketball team for head coach Joe Lafko…Enters his senior season after having scored 1,390 points and is Hampton’s all-time leading scorer over his three-year high school career…In his career, scored 30 or more points four times, 20 or more points 20 times and reached double figures in 78 of 81 career contests…Ranked third among WPIAL area players in scoring (21.3 points per game) and led the Hampton Talbots to a 22-6 record and WPIAL Class 4A finals appearance as a junior…Earned Class 4A Third Team All-State honors…Member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific-10 all-area teams…Also earned All-Section First Team honors…Named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Week on Dec. 19, 2012 after he scored 32 points against North Hills and hit a game-winning layup to help defeat Mars…Finished with 597 points (21.3 ppg.), 216 rebounds (7.7 rpg.), 54 assists, 46 steals and 40 blocked shots in 28 games as a junior…Also converted 59.1 percent of his field goals (224-379), 72 percent (129-179) of his free throw attempts and 30 percent (20-66) of his 3-point attempts… Scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Hampton in a 68-53 championship final loss to New Castle…Season-high was 32 points vs. North Hills (12-18 FG, 8-9 FT, six rebounds)…Also scored 31 points against McKeesport in the WPIAL quarterfinals (11-17 FG, 9-11 FT, nine rebounds)…Scored 30 or more points four times and 20 or more points in 14 games…Reached double figure scoring in 27 of 28 contests on year…Led Hampton to a 25-5 record, a 16-game win streak and Class 3A final as a sophomore…Hampton lost to Montour 45-29 in the final…Finished with 491 points (16.4 ppg.), 192 rebounds (6.4 rpg.) and 62 steals and converted 54.9 percent (185-337) of his field goals, 75.5 percent (80-106) of his free throws and hit 41-108 3-pointers as a sophomore…Season-high was 28 points two times vs. Warren and Oliver…Averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and shot 49.5 percent (110-222) from the floor as a freshman while guiding Hampton to a 15-8 record…Scored a season-high 27 points (9-19 FG) vs. Highlands…Hit five 3-pointers in two games on the year…Plays AAU Basketball with the Maryland 3D squad…Consensus three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPNU…No. 1 ranked player in the Pittsburgh area in the Class of 2014…Also played quarterback on the football team.
Born Ryan S. Luther on September 10, 1995…Son of Bill and Kate Luther…Has a twin brother, Collin, who is 6-feet-seven inches tall and also plays basketball…Older brother Bill, Jr. was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five selection and is currently a senior on the Pitt-Johnstown basketball team…Cousin is Mike Shanahan, who played wide receiver at Pitt (2009-12) and with the New York Jets in 2013…Uncle Brian Shanahan scored 1,355 points on the Duquesne basketball team (1986-89)…Chose Pitt because he always has followed the Panthers and realized the opportunity that he would have at Pitt…Claimed that it “was pretty hard to turn down a school that he’s liked since he was a little kid”…Under the radar recruit who continues to grow and improve…Some believe he may end up 6-feet-10 inches or taller…Favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption…Outstanding student who owns a 3.5-plus grade point average…Chose Pitt over Dayton, Duquesne and George Washington.