Damien Ryan

Australian basketball player

Damien Ryan
Personal information
Born (1979-09-20) 20 September 1979 (age 44)
Gisborne, Victoria
Listed height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight88 kg (194 lb)
Career information
Playing career1998–present
PositionPoint guard / shooting guard
Career history
1998–2000Canberra Cannons
2000–2003Brisbane Bullets
2006–2007Perth Wildcats
2007–2008Vanoli Soresina
2008–2009Aurora Basket Jesi
2010–2011Sydney Kings
2011Cimberio Varese
Career highlights and awards
  • NBL Rookie of the Year (1999)

Damien Ryan (born 20 September 1979) is an Australian professional basketball player.

Born in Gisborne, Victoria, Ryan attended Salesian College in Sunbury, Victoria.

After starring as a junior basketballer in Sunbury, he attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1997.[1] Ryan began his NBL career with the Canberra Cannons for the 1998/1999 season and he won the Rookie of the Year award for that season. After only one more season with the Cannons, Ryan signed on to play for the Brisbane Bullets in 2000. Ryan continued with the Bullets for a further two seasons, included a stellar season in 2002/2003 where he averaged 18.62 ppg [1].

After this stint with the Bullets, Ryan left Australia to compete in Serie A basketball league in Italy. He initially played for Avellino from 2004 to 2005 and then played for Teramo in 2006. During his time in Italy, Ryan was named in the Australian national men's team, the Boomers, in 2005 and 2006.

In late 2006, Ryan returned to Australia and was signed by the Perth Wildcats to replace injured guard Adam Caporn. His signing was a significant boost to the Wildcats lineup as Ryan provided excellent performances coming off the bench. Ryan has been named as a free agent after the completion of the 2006/07 season. For the 2007/08 season he has signed with the Italian LegADue (second division) team Vanoli Soresina. In August 2008 moved to Aurora Basket Jesi, in the same League.

In 2010, Ryan will return to the Australian NBL with the Sydney Kings.

In January 2011 he signed with Cimberio Varese.[2]


  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X.
  2. ^ Varese, è arrivato Damien Ryan (in Italian)
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