, aka "Black Jack"
, aka "Water"
, is an American streetball
player from Brooklyn
, New York
. Ryan's basketball
exploits began at John Jay High School
, where, as a senior, averaged 26 ppg. Ryan later took his game to East 5th St. Park in Brooklyn, where he mastered the tricks and shots he became well known for. In his first season in a recreational league at West 4th, Ryan played one game against former Detroit Piston Phil Sellers
and scored 44 points.
Ryan is also known for his very proficient 3-point shooting. According to an article written by Bobbito Garcia
about Ryan in Slam Magazine
Streetball Special Collector's Issue, Chris Mullin
once described Jack as the best shooter he'd ever seen who hadn't played in the NBA
. The article also states Peter Vecsey
got Ryan a tryout with the New Jersey Nets
in 1990, but was the second-to-last man cut, ending Ryan's NBA aspirations. Yet, Ryan still proved his mastery of the 3-point shot when he won the 2005 City Slam
3-Point Shooting Championships, which aired on ESPN
. In a close final, Ryan edged out fellow streetball sharpshooter Deshun "Father Time" Jackson
to take the title. In the media, Ryan was featured on the cover of the New York Times
Sports section on December 3, 2003, and in May 2003 was named as one of "Slam Magazines Greatest Playground Ballers of All... Read More