Student Spotlight: Ryin Ott
With basketball season in full swing, few are shining brighter than Slicer star Ryin Ott.
Since first coming to LPHS, Ott has proven herself to be one of the best basketball players to wear the Slicer jersey. She’s also won multiple awards including team MVP award two times in a row and she has made many all-conference and all-state teams such as IBCA All-State twice in a row, DAC All-Conference twice in a row, and the Indiana Top 100 three times in a row. She also is now one of the few female Slicers to score 1,000 points in her career, adding her name next to her sister Riley Ott.
The road to these achievements though, wasn’t quick, as Ott has been working towards her dream for a long time.
Playing the game since kindergarten, Ott got her start at the YMCA, with her dad coaching her. She comes from a family who loves basketball, and her father was a big influencer in her love of it, along with her favorite NBA player Kevin Durant.
A big thing that motivates Ott is her competitiveness. She views playing basketball as an opportunity to show her potential to others. The crowd during a game also gives her the push she needs to play her best.
“The fans and the atmosphere when you are out on the court is unbelievable,” Ott expressed her appreciation. “There are so many emotions when I step on the court and am able to play the game I love.”
Another source of good energy for Ott is her coaches and teammates. She highlighted her team’s strong leadership roles and the interactiveness of her coaching staff. She and the players are always working to better themselves after every game.
“I think she’s a great person,” said Lauren Pollock. “She is totally selfless and always caring about others. She has others best interests at heart and always sets a goal and seems like she always knows what to do.”
Ott not only takes her sports seriously but also her academics. The hard work has paid off for her too, as she is currently earning a full ride scholarship to study and play basketball at IPFW alongside her sister.
“Academics always come before athletics. I am completely focused on earning an education.” Ott said.
Whether on the court, or in school, Ott continually impresses and makes the Slicer faithful proud.