FIW Exclusive: Interview with Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan

Notre Dame wouldn’t have made the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament without Cormac Ryan.

After playing a supporting role in the First Four thriller against Rutgers,

Ryan scored a career-high 29 points and made a career-high seven 3-pointers as the Irish ousted

Alabama in the first round. The image of him shouting triumphantly became an iconic image in program history.

Three years after transferring from Stanford, Ryan has emerged as one of the leaders for the Irish.

If this team is going to match or exceed its success from last season, a lot of it is going to depend on Ryan

. Irish fans surely couldn’t have anticipated when he first arrived in South Bend, but it’s funny how things work out.

Ryan took a few minutes to speak with us when we traveled to the Irish’s local media day.

On emerging as a team leader “I’ve always been a vocal guy. I like to lead with my voice and by example,

and I felt comfortable with the type of guys we have on this team and the character in our locker room.

So it was honestly pretty easy for me to step up and kind of become a leader on this team,

and the guys basically trust in (coach Mike Brey) and trust in our leaders, our seniors especially,

to kind of lead by example. We’ve been here for a long time, and we kind of know the ropes,

and we have a lot of games under our belt, and so, that’s an advantage for us.”

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