While it’s just half way into the high school season, Ryan Blum is already making some big waves around Iowa for Glenwood High School this year. Blum is putting up 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game to help Glenwood to a 7-3 record this season as just a junior. 

While Blum still has a year and a half left of high school, he has already been able to earn his first scholarship offer. Wayne State College (NE) pulled the trigger and offered Blum back in August. “It was an amazing feeling to get offered, I’m glad they took a chance and see my potential.”

“They are a growing school, new court and hoops and weight room. They have a lot going for them,” were some of the things that Blum mentioned that he liked about Wayne State. As well, when talking about their coaching staff adding in “the coaches at Wayne love defense and love to get up and go.”

While they have not offered him a scholarship, another school showing a good amount of interest is Emporia State. “Emporia State is a young team with a great coach,” Blum stated when talking about the Kansas school. 

Blum has some specific things he is looking for in his future basketball program, “a coach that has trust in his team and lets them play and has a fast-paced offense.” Off the court the junior is looking for a school with a strong business program.  

While just 6’4”, Blum sees ones of his biggest strengths is his post-game. “When I was younger I played mostly post so I know the feel and my athleticism helps me rise above for my favorite hook shot,” Blum stated on how he excels in the paint. However, Blum is not limited to scoring down low. The versatile junior does a good amount of his scoring from the outside with his jump shot plus can also beat defenders of the dribble.   

“Season is going good…played some pretty good teams and won, played some alright teams and lost. So, we have to work on being great all the time but it will come,” Blum commented on the current success of his team’s season. With the post season getting closer, Blum has his eyes set on some bigger things however, “goals for the season are winning districts and making it to state.”