Ryan Ayers scores 35 to lead No. 7 Notre Dame over South Dakota.
Men's Basketball vs. Villanova
vs. Winston-Salem State (11/29/06)
SENIOR SEASON (2008-09): Served alongside teammates Zach Hillesland, Kyle McAlarney and Luke Zeller as captains during the 2008-09 season ... played in 117 career outings and made 51 starts in those contests ... finished with career scoring average of 6.5 points and 2.4 rebounds ... concluded career eighth in three-point field goals made (80) and threepoint field goals attempted (401) and tied for third in three-point field goal percentage (.424) ... started 33 of 36 games during the season ... scored in double figures in 19 contests ... led the team in scoring three times ... posted career-best averages in points per game (11.1) and rebounds per game (3.5) ... shot 43.8 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range ... scoring average placed him third on the team ... blocked a career-best 25 shots, which ranked second on the team ... in the season opener against USC Upstate, played 26 minutes while scoring seven points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking two shots ... finished with nine points in win on the road at Loyola Marymount ... netted double figures for the first time in win over Indiana in first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... also grabbed five rebounds in the game ... had six points apiece in the final two games of the EA Sports Maui Invitational against Texas and North Carolina ... recorded a then career-best of 19 points against Furman as he was 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three-point range ... became third different Irish player to top the 30-point mark in 2008-09 as he registered a career-high 35-point performance against South Dakota as he tied the school record for three-point field goals made by an Irish player at the Joyce Center with nine ... finished 12-20 from the field and 9-14 from three-point range ... in addition to his 35 points, had season-highs of six rebounds and three assists ... scored nine points in loss to Ohio State ... registered double figures in four straight games when he scored 10 points against Boston University, 18 versus Delaware State, 10 in the win over Savannah State and 14 versus DePaul ... in the BIG EAST season-opening win over the Blue Demons, he shot 5-8 from the field and was 4-7 from three-point range ... notched two points at St. John's ... scored eight points in a win over nationally-ranked Georgetown ... tallied six points and four rebounds in a win over Seton Hall ... had nine points and six boards at Louisville ... reached double digits for the eighth time on the season with an 11-point effort at Syracuse ... connected on 3-5 shots from the field and 2-4 from three-point range as he netted 10 points against Pittsburgh coming off the bench ... shot six of seven from the field and two-of-three from three-point range in registering 14 points at Cincinnati ... had six points at UCLA ... was 7-9 from the field and made five-of-seven three-point attempts en route to notching 19 points against Louisville ... scored 12 points against USF ... produced eight points and a career-high tying four assists at West Virginia ... tallied 28 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes in leading the Irish to a victory at Providence ... shot 9-17 from the field and 7-11 from three-point range against the Friars ... three points against Rutgers ... began a career-best stretch of reaching double-figures in five straight games when scoring 11 against Connecticut ... had 25 points, four rebounds and four assists versus Villanova ... against the Wildcats, shot 8-12 from the field and 7-10 from threepoint territory ... scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists against St. John's ... had 10 points and seven rebounds in a triumph of Rutgers at the BIG EAST Tournament ... scored 11 points in a setback to West Virginia in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament ... notched nine points and four rebounds in a win over UAB in the National Invitation Tournament ... tallied seven points and matched a career-high with eight boards in a victory over New Mexico in the second round of the NIT ... reached double-figures for the 19th time of the season by scoring 14 points in a victory over Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the NIT ... scored three points and grabbed three rebounds against Penn State in the NIT semifinals.
JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Played in all 33 contests and started the first 17 games of the season before coming off the bench against Villanova ... averaged career-best of 7.8 points and 3.2 rebounds ... enjoyed best shooting performance of his career as he connected on 45.7 percent from the field and 45.1 percent from three-point range ... notched 10th double-figure scoring outing of the season in Notre Dame's first-round NCAA tournament win against George Mason as he connected on 5-10 shots from the field ... netted a career-high 17 points in loss at Louisville connecting on a career-high six field goals (6-9) and personal-best five three-pointers (5-6) ... also grabbed five boards in the contest ... followed that contest up by scoring nine points in win at DePaul as he finished 3-4 from the field and 3-3 from three-point range ... scored 10 points in win over the Wildcats, in addition to grabbing five rebounds and making three steals ... followed that game up with a 10-point performance against Providence while playing a career-high 36 minutes as he connected on 3-5 shots from the field and was 2-4 from three-point range ... netted 10 points (eighth game in double-figures of the season), grabbed six rebounds and dished off a careerhigh four assists against Syracuse ... scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off two assists and blocked two shots against DePaul ... netted nine points and grabbed four boards in win over Seton Hall ... had third straight ninepoint outing against Marquette and connected on key four-point play in the second half ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in win at Rutgers ... registered back-to-back doublefigure scoring efforts for the first time in wins over Brown and North Florida ... matched career-high with 13 points and then grabbed a season-high six boards in win over Brown ... followed that performance up with 10 points and six rebounds against North Florida ... made second start of his career in the season opener against Long Island and finished with eight points and four rebounds in 24 minutes ... finished with a career-high 13 points and matched personal best with seven rebounds as he connected on 5-6 shots from the field and was 3-4 from three-point range in 32 minutes of action versus Monmouth ... notched second double figure scoring effort of the season against Eastern Michigan as he finished with 12 points, connecting on 4-5 shots from the field and 3-4 from three-point range ... reached double figures for the third time in three games versus Northern Illinois as he netted 11 points and grabbed four rebounds ... hit 4-6 shots from the field and was 2-4 from three-point range ... scored nine points against Baylor on three three-pointers and grabbed three rebounds ... netted six points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists against Youngstown State ... scored nine points in 20 minutes versus Colgate ... played a season-high 30 minutes in win over Kansas State and scored five points ... connected on three three-point field goals and finished with nine points and three rebounds against San Francisco ... played a career-high 36 minutes against West Virginia in the BIG EAST opener and finished with eight points and five rebounds ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds against Cincinnati ... netted five points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Connecticut in second meeting between the two teams ... scored in double figures in nine games.
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 seasonhigh 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 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.
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: Notre Dame Best Defensive Player Award (2009) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2008-09, 2007-08 and 2005-06) ... Notre Dame Most Improved Player Award (2008) ... 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 ... son of Randy and Carol Ayers ... two-year member of Notre Dame's Student Advisory Council (SAAC) ... born 7-16-86 in Columbus, Ohio ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in May of 2009 with a degree in marketing.