By Paul Jones
We no longer live in a society where people who are tall are stared at. Now, if someone who is tall wants to not be seen, they can.
If you ask most people about what they think of Ryan Schreckengast, they will tell you the same thing. “He is cool but he doesn’t talk very much,” said junior Noah Pillsbury.
That of course does not determine who he really is.
“I’m definitely an introvert to the people that don’t know me well,” junior Ryan Schreckengast said. “I’m pretty quiet and shy until you get to know me. I’m loud and always got something to say to my friends.”
Outside of his height, there is one thing that makes Ryan different from everybody else. His love for basketball.
Whether he’s playing AAU basketball in the spring, training in the fall, or playing for Red Lion Basketball, he is around basketball. However, a love like this does not come out of nowhere. So what exactly did spark his love for basketball?
“Definitely my dad,” Schreckengast said. “He used to take me to some games he played in and also took me to see a lot of Red Lion games when I was young.”
The one thing that makes him different from any other basketball player is his desire. Before games you will not see an introverted person. You will see a man on a mission and a seriousness that is matched by very few.
“I want to win in the worst way in everything that I do,” Schreckengast said. “That competitiveness also pushes me to be a great basketball player. I work on my game almost religiously because I don’t want to be just a good player. I want to be a great player. As for winning, I have to win to feel accomplishment. That’s the sign that all of our hard work has payed off to be great.”
Ryan Shreckengast is just another example of why not to judge a book by its cover. If you are his friend, you might see just a playful and quick witted jokester. If you’re his teammate, you will see someone who cares about the game of basketball more than anything else.
There are many levels to Ryan Shreckengast. Who knows, there are probably some more that none of us know about.
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