During his first year with the Bethel Bees, Ryan Rose has more than made himself known to the rest of the Cross County Conference. The senior sharpshooter moved to Ohio from Las Vegas, Nevada known as a player who could put the ball in the net. He did that more often than not with the league champion Bees last season.

During his first year, Rose was a part of something special with the Bees, and it didn’t take him long to contribute.

“Last season was amazing, we set a school record for regular season wins, won the first outright conference title since 1984 going 12-0, and the schools first since 2010,” he said. “We were undefeated at home, and put up 100 points in the sectional final game, before losing in the district finals.”

While he remembers the success that had last year, he also knows he needs to continue to improve his game. He is working hard this summer to make himself a better player.

“I’ve been playing AAU which has helped my recruitment a lot,” he said. “I’ve gotten interest from quite a few schools at several different levels. My AAU coach Tre Stennet has worked really hard to get me interest from colleges along with my high school coach, Brett Kopp who has also worked extremely hard for me.”

“We had an AAU tournament every weekend through April and May, so I’ve been playing a lot of basketball, working on translating the work I do by myself into a game situation.”

“I am in the gym six nights a week with my dad working on everything- shooting, ball handling, floaters, finishing at the rim, and playing through contact,” he added. “To improve my athletic ability I workout three days a week at a place called fast twitch and it has really helped my strength, speed, quickness, and jumping ability. I’ve been working really hard to make sure I don’t get labeled as just a shooter, and show I can be much more valuable to a team as an overall player.”

Basketball is the only sport that Rose is involved in, so he has high expectations of what his future could hold with the Bees, and beyond.

“My dream has always been to play basketball in college, and I’m working extremely hard to make sure it happens,” the Bees senior said. “There are many great opportunities and schools in the Midwest, so I’m just staying focused on my goals and having faith everything will workout with hard work.”

“I would love to find a job around basketball that would make me good money as an adult. I’ve also considered coaching. I just want to be around the game for as long as I can.”

Rose was honored as a first-team all conference and honorable mention all-Southwest District team last season, while breaking the schools single season three-point record with 68 and tied the single game with seven. But for now, he wants to focus on making the Bees a contender deep into tournament play.

“We have high expectations this season,” he said. “We don’t only want to win our conference, we want to go undefeated again, we also want to go undefeated at home again, breaking our wins record from last year would be awesome, and we want to get a district championship after losing there the past two years, and hopefully get a regional championship and take it all the way to Columbus.”

Rose is undecided on a college major, but is thinking about communications or sports management..

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