Rylan Murry is 20-year-old sophomore from West Branch Iowa attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a major in mathematics. Murry is a 6-foot-2-inch basketball player on the men’s team for UNO.
“I knew I always wanted to come and play for Omaha. I liked Omaha and all the people here when I came on my recruiting trip,” Murry said.
Murry said he couldn’t remember a time in his life where it wasn’t revolved around basketball. He has been playing the game since he was in third grade.
“I remember when I picked up a basketball for the first time and tried to dribble,” Murry said. “Everything felt so natural and I became good at the game really fast.”
Murry red-shirted his freshman year at UNO which gave him an extra year to develop his skills and get better on the court. Murry said he would highly recommend red-shirting for incoming freshman.
“An extra year of school always helps so why would you not want to red shirt?” said Murry.
On the court, Murry enjoys to play the guard or anywhere on the perimeter. Shooting three pointers is his specialty.
“During games I’m always trying to get open for a pass because I do good under pressure when I have a limited amount of time to shoot,” Murry said.
Murry talked highly of head coach Derrin Hansen saying how hardworking and dedicated he is to the basketball program.
“I like how well he interacts and communicates with his players,” Murry said. “He doesn’t just expect the assistants to talk with us about the team.”
Senior team captains, CJ Carter and Mike Rostampour, have had an immense impact on Rylan and his experience at UNO playing basketball.
“CJ and Mike are very good leaders and they keep us all together during stressful practices and games,” Murry said.
Murry said the team gets along pretty well. They have developed a strong team atmosphere and always have each other’s backs regardless of anything.
Every home game has been hosted at Ralston Arena located on 72nd and Q Street. Murry said he loves the atmosphere during home games.
“It is always awesome being at home for a game because it is nice having our fans come out to support us,” Murry said. “It is definitely not the same being anywhere else.”
The Mavericks began the season with their starting game in Central Arkansas on November 16th and they will end their season on March 3rd in North Dakota.
“The season always goes by so fast, I can’t believe we only have four games left,” Murry said.
A new sports arena is being built on Pacific Street located right across the street from Askarben. The arena will open in the fall of 2015. The arena will host men’s basketball and hockey games as well as women’s volleyball.
Murry said he is excited too see the new arena when it’s finished.
“It will be an interesting transition and a fun beginning for next season,” Murry said.
The Mavericks traveled to several different states throughout the season. Last year the team went to Hawaii over Christmas break for a training trip.
Murry said Hawaii has been his favorite place the team has gone since he has been a part of the team.
“It was my first time seeing the ocean and I was with all my favorite people so it was an experience I’ll never forget,” Murry said.
Murry said making the decision to play college basketball was the best decision he could of made. He said you learn more about life than you do your actual sport.
“I feel blessed every day to be a college athlete,” Murry said. “You learn how to stay focused, set goals, and actually achieve those goals.”