Ryan Penner brings great attitude and work ethic to menís basketball team
Ryan Penner, #12 in your playbook, and #1 in ‚ÄúHEART‚ÄĚ.¬† Ryan is one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet and is always quick to give a warm smile and a solid handshake.¬† He is a constant encourager and truly is the ‚ÄúHEART‚ÄĚ of the Briercrest Clippers Men‚Äôs Basketball team.
The second-year student at Briercrest, studying Business Administration, came to Briercrest because of the great environment to pursue his faith in God and to continue to play basketball after high school.¬† He came to Briercrest in his grade 12 year, from Winkler, Manitoba, for the DoggPound Showcase, which is an ID Camp that Briercrest has hosted for the past few years.¬†
Coach Rod Adrian explained what drew him to Penner.
¬†‚ÄúI saw something really special in Ryan from the moment I met him,‚ÄĚ Adrian said. ‚ÄúEven as a young player I saw tremendous athleticism and leadership qualities in him that few people possess.‚ÄĚ¬†
Ryan saw something special about the team that he wanted to be a part of. Ryan‚Äôs favourite moment so far at Briercrest was playing in the ACAC playoffs last season, with a great group of guys, good chemistry, and very supportive of one another.¬† These are all the things that Ryan says make this team special.
Ryan‚Äôs goals as a student are to earn a business degree and in the future to keep working hard at whatever he does, whether it is playing basketball or as a student.¬†
Not only is Ryan the team‚Äôs emotional leader, he brings an athletic pedigree as a multi-sport athlete that includes high level baseball, a solid work ethic, and passion to improve.¬†
‚ÄúI am so thankful for Ryan on a daily basis, as he is appreciative of the opportunity to play, leads his teammates in the right attitude, and is one of our best athletes,‚ÄĚ Adrian said. ‚ÄúHe is a coach‚Äôs dream, as he has a teachable spirit to go along with strong athletic skills, and a desire to compete.¬† In an ‚Äėage of athletic entitlement‚Äô, Ryan is often thanking me after practice and appreciating the opportunity to play a sport he loves.¬† And, on top of all that he is a fantastic player who is in the top 3 of our team in all the major categories.¬† I am so thankful to have Ryan represent our team on and off the court.‚ÄĚ
This season watch for #12 slashing through the key making amazing plays, diving for loose balls, scoring key baskets for the team, ripping rebounds out of the sky, encouraging his teammates, and afterword distributing ‚Äúhigh-fives‚ÄĚ.