Captains’ Corner: Ryan Kilcullen ’15

Ryan Kilcullen ’15

<b>Ryan Kilcullen</b>

<b>Men’s basketball</b>

<b>Hingham, Mass.</b>

<b>Residence: Chadbourne</b>

<b>When did you start playing basketball?</b>

I’ve been playing my whole life really. My Dad played at Boston College in the ’70s and my brothers played growing up so its really always been a family thing. I think I’m going through a bit of an identity crisis without it [chuckles], but I’ve been playing competitively since about kindergarten.

<b>Obviously one of the highlights of the year was the game winning three-pointer against Amherst on Jan. 10. Can you take me through that game and the play?</b>

Well it was a back-and-forth game, and that last play I was fortunate enough to get a great pass from Dan Wohl ’15 and got a great look from three. When I let the shot go it felt really good, and I was fortunate enough to have that ball go down. That was just a wild moment for me and the team. Definitely one of the most enjoyable moments of the year.

<b>So is that your favorite basketball moment of your career?</b>

I’ve had a lot of great moments at Williams on and off the court with the guys, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to spend my time here at Williams. There are so many memories off the court but on the court I have to go back to the [NCAA Div. III] National Championship game last year and beating Amherst in the Final Four, especially after the year we had against them last year. But personally, yeah, of course that shot this year against Amherst is something I’ll never forget and is one of the most exciting moments of my life.

<b>What’s your favorite off the court memory at Williams?</b>

Well we always do this sort of annual thing, and hopefully the freshman for next year don’t read this, but we have the new players and coaches on the team sing songs in front of the team on the way from one of the first road trips. We ask them a series of ridiculous questions and give them no time to prepare for them and then they have to sing a song in front of us, and it’s just an awesome time and a great opportunity for us to grow even closer as a team.

<b>What are your hobbies besides basketball?</b>

I play golf a lot, and I’m really looking forward to getting on Taconic in the spring. I think I’m going to be developing a lot more hobbies now that my competitive basketball career is over, so I was thinking about maybe taking up guitar over spring break, but we’ll see how that goes. [Laughs.] Also, I’m trying to become more of a reader.

<b> What’s your pre-game ritual? </b>

I tend to be pretty quiet guy. I like to get focused and be by myself while preparing for the game. Two hours before I’m usually trying to stay loose and laugh with my teammates and stuff. But once the countdown gets on the clock, I start to get really focused.

<b>Some people don’t know that you actually transferred here from Boston College, right?</b>

Yeah, I originally narrowed my choice between Williams and Boston College and after I initially chose BC, it was only Williams that I was looking to transfer to and coming here was really like getting a second chance. The team did a really good job of ushering me in and making me one of the guys right away. I knew right away there was something special about the team here and it was a culture that I immediately wanted to join.

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