Colorado point guard Matthew Ragsdale is coming off a standout offseason competing for the The Force 16U squad, leading the team to a solid offseason.  At 6’1, 170 pounds, Ragsdale is a consistent scorer who works hard at the offensive end to get open shots and create his own scoring opportunities when needed. He plays with hustle and passion and brings terrific leadership to the court.

“I am a leader that helps to control the floor by making sure guys are in the right spots, encouraging teammates, and being positive,” he said.

Ragsdale put together a solid summer playing alongside Pratt and others and says competing against elite competition as part of the NY2LA circuit.

“It is always a blessing to play at a high-level against some of the best competition on the national circuit,” he said. “I enjoy and try to take advantage of the exposure of college coaches being present at the tournaments we play in. This summer I grew as a player because I learned to play "faster" and match the speed that the games were being played at. Along with this, I improved by learning the importance of playing hard every possession.”

Ragsdale does not currently hold any offers or have any visits planned yet, but to this point has drawn interest from seven colleges.  He says he spent the offseason working on becoming a lockdown defender and a good rebounding guard and hopes the hard work will pay off this season for Lewis-Palmer High School, a program that is coming off a 23-5 season a year ago.

“I believe that I am making progress in these areas, but it is something that I constantly seek to improve,” he said.

A fan of LeBron James, Ragsdale says the biggest influence on his basketball career to date has been his dad.

“Ever since I started playing basketball, my dad has been by my side,” Ragsdale said. “He taught me how to shoot and helped me as I grew and became older.  He comes to every game and always has good advice that helps me to be a better and more complete player.”