||Ryan was a multi-sport star as a basketball, football and baseball player at Cascade High School (Leavenworth, Washington). In hoops, he set the Washington state high school career scoring record with 2,411 points, averaging 31.0 and 33.2 per game as a junior and senior. Ryan was named to the All-State 'A' team twice.
He played as a freshman and sophomore at Walla Walla Community College and was a two-year all-NWAACC selection. Ryan transferred to Eastern Washington University and, as a senior, earned a berth on the all-Big Sky Conference team while leading the league champion Eagles in scoring with a 12.4 points per game average.
A five time NCW Sports Awards finalist (twice in high school and three times in college), he received the North Central Washington College Male Athlete of the Year award in 2000.