Former Notre Dame small forward Matt Ryan transfers to Vanderbilt

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Former Notre Dame small forward Matt Ryan, who spent two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, now will call home the Southeastern Conference.

Ryan has decided to transfer to Vanderbilt.

Ryan made the announcement Tuesday night on Twitter, where he thanked Notre Dame for the memories, but said that it's time for a new opportunity. That opportunity, Ryan wrote, would be with coach Bryce Drew, set to start his second season in Nashville.

He will sit out the 2017-18 season under NCAA transfer regulations and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Ryan played in all 36 games last season with Notre Dame. He averaged 3.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes with no starts. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and from 3.

Ryan was set to step into a larger role at Notre Dame as a junior, but did not receive assurances from coach Mike Brey that he would open the year as a starter. His departure likely means a larger role this coming season for sophomore power forward John Mooney, redshirt freshman Nik Djogo and incoming freshman D.J. Harvey.

Ryan attended the year-end awards night at Notre Dame earlier this month, where coach Mike Brey publicly thanked him for his two years in the program and said he'd always be a part of the Notre Dame family.

Vanderbilt was the first school Ryan visited after receiving his release from Notre Dame. He also considered California, Georgetown and George Washington.