CU Big Man Transferring to DU

A crowded roster just got more so as 6’10”, 240-pound sophomore center/power forward Frank Ryder transferred to DU. Denver basketball focused on recruiting perimeter players this offseason until news of the Ryder move was reported by Chase Howell on Buffs Country.

Ryder started his collegiate playing career at the University of San Diego but moved back home to Boulder to play with the Buffs. Health issues plagued Ryder who underwent two open-heart surgeries. Last season his playing time was extremely limited at CU but he is now said to be fully recovered. He entered the NCAA transfer portal recently and DU offered him a scholarship which he accepted. Because he was a walk-on at CU, he will be immediately eligible to play for the Pioneers.

Ryder attended Fairview High School in Boulder for his prep career.  He will join DU center Robert Jones in the frontcourt along with David Nzekwesi, Tristan Greene, Alperen Kurnaz and Javonni Bickham.

Photo: Courtesy The Denver Post

4 thoughts on “CU Big Man Transferring to DU”

  1. The fact that Ryder is on his third school and has had two heart surgeries tells you just how determined this player is to play D-I ball. I like that determination and spirit…Hope he can help the Pios, and getting 6-10 players at DU is certainly helpful in theory…

    BUT…

    Those same facts also have a flip side – two other schools have likely already told him that he’s not in their future roster plans, and he’s now reaching toward the bottom of the D-I pool with DU, his third school.

    I have no idea how good he is or what was involved in his heart issues, but it’s certainly scary for anyone who is college age to be having heart problems already, especially an athlete who who puts high stress on the ticker every day with training and games . I would imagine that DU has done its medical due diligence here to clear him to play, but it’s still sounds a little scary to me…

  2. Also assumes that all those mentioned at the end of the article are sticking around for the season. Risky.

  3. Alperen Kurnaz has entered the transfer portal. He averaged 3.4 pts. per game and 2.4 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.

    1. Alp seemed like a good dude and a good teammate, at least from this fan’s eyes. But he did not develop well enough in order to earn himself big playing time at DU. Honestly, if you could not earn major playing time on DU’s roster over the last couple of years, you are probably not going to be an effective D-I player.

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