CU (M) Basketball BIO
5 Ryan Sears

Creighton Career Highlights & Notes - Second-team all-Missouri Valley Conference last season after being named to the league's honorable mention units his first two years ... NABC / Oldsmobile Second-Team District 12 ... two-time MVC Player of the Week choice (Dec. 6, Feb. 14) ... 2000-01 preseason MVC Player of the Year by Basketball News and Street & Smith's ... named 2000-01 preseason first-team all-MVC pick by Athlon, Basketball News, Lindy's, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's and Dick Vitale's ... listed as Valley's Best Playmaker by Lindy's and The Sporting News ... MVC Freshman of the Year in 1998 ... voted Valley Tournament Most Valuable Player last season ... two-time GTE / CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree and first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete Team member ... needs 42 points to become the 26th player in Creighton men's basketball history with 1,000 career points ... ranks first on Creighton's all-time steals chart (210), is second for career free throw percentage (.816, 240-of-294) and three-point field goal attempts (514) and is third for assists (433) and three-pointers made (184) ... is the only player in school history with more than 900 points, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career and is also the only guard to have completed a season with more steals than turnovers (has done it three times) ... has finished with more assists than turnovers in 82 of 92 career games ... first player since Bob Portman (1966-69) to have led CU in free throw percentage for three straight seasons ... is the first player to have led Jays in steals three straight years ... has started every game of his career and has recorded an assist in all but one game.

1999-00 (Junior) - Started all 33 games to run his streak of consecutive starts to 92 ... led the team in assists (175), steals (80), three-point field goals (67), free throws made and attempted (103-of-129) and minutes played (1,156) ... led the MVC in assists (5.3 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.46) and ranked second for steals (2.4 spg), fifth for three-pointers made (1.91 pg), seventh for free throw percentage (.798) and 12th for scoring average (11.9 ppg) ... grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go along with 25 points, eight assists and three steals in win at Southern Illinois ... had 11 games with at least seven assists, including a season-best nine set-ups in win over 23rd-ranked Iowa ... tallied double-figure points 19 times ... made 8-of-10 field goals for 23 points at Colorado State and also recorded 23 points while playing a career-high 43 minutes in 74-70 overtime loss at Drake ... had five three-pointers in games at Georgia State, Drake and Wichita State and at home versus Southern Illinois ... registered five steals in games at Baylor and versus Illinois State and Evansville to help establish a single-season school-record total of 80 thefts ... did not foul out of a game, despite averaging more than 35 minutes per contest ... had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in all but two games.

1998-99 (Sophomore) - Made starts in all 31 contests and led the team in assists (124), steals (68), free throw percentage (.855) and minutes played (1,041) ... was second on the squad in three-pointers (54) and fourth in scoring average (8.7 ppg) ... made a career-high nine free throws versus Wichita State ... made 5-of-6 treys for season-best 16 points with five assists at Northern Iowa ... also hit five three-pointers in 15-point performances at UMKC and at home against Evansville ... made 5-of-8 shots, including 4-of-7 trifectas for 14 points in home victory over #17 Oklahoma State ... played all 40 minutes in the MVC Tournament semifinal win against SMS ... was good on 35-of-37 (.946) free throw attempts over his final 10 games, including all 16 attempts in the five postseason games ... his first 24 field goal attempts of the season were from three-point range.

1997-98 (Freshman) - Became first frosh to start every game for the Bluejays since Bob Harstad during 1987-88 ... torched Wyoming for a career-high 29 points, making 9-of-12 shots, including 7-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc ... scored in double-figures 14 times ... just missed recording a double-double by dishing out a career-high 10 assists and adding nine points versus Southern ... scored 16 points, handed out eight assists and came up with six steals against SMS ... connected on 6-of-11 treys for 18 points at Southern Illinois following a 17-point effort at Wichita State ... was held scoreless just once, but grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and added five assists and three steals in that game at Drake ... had an impressive mid-season stretch in which he made 19 straight free throws before an intentional miss in the closing seconds of a loss to Bradley ... then made his next eight free throws before finally missing unintentionally.

Ankeny High School - Three-time first-team all-conference selection ... earned first-team all-state honors as a senior after second-team all-state accolades as a sophomore and junior ... as a sophomore, led the Hawks to the 1995 Iowa Class 4A state championship and was named to the state all-tournament team ... named Ankeny's Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player after each of his three varsity seasons ... also received team's Best Free Throw Shooter award as a senior ... averaged 18 points and four assists as a senior and 14.4 points as a junior ... earned academic all-state honors as a senior ... played for coach Larry Ireland ... ran track as a junior and senior and was a member of the state champion 4 x 800 relay team as a junior.

Personal - The son of Sandy and Don Sears, Ryan was born on April 3, 1979, in Ankeny, Iowa ... the younger brother of former Nebraska baseball All-American, Todd Sears, who is currently playing in the Minnesota Twins' minor league system ... earned a spot on Creighton's Dean's List in each of his six collegiate semesters for earning a minimum 3.5 semester grade-point average on a 4.0 scale ... one of the leaders of the Creighton's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... father played basketball at Northwest Missouri State and mother was a member of the basketball team at Kansas ... majoring in theology ... favorite athletes are Pete Maravich, Kurt Warner and Jess Settles.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Ankeny, Iowa
High School: Ankeny