Knee Is Fine, So Is Ryan Altenberger's Game

Morton Senior Not Flashy, Just Effective

MORTON, Ill. - Morton senior Ryan Altenberger is not a flashy player.

He says nothing about him is fancy. Not the way he plays, not the way he looks, not the knee brace he wears.

"It's a little heavy, it's not a light knee pad like you see those fancier ones that look like a leg sleeve with padding," said Altenberger sarcastically. "Mine is just a knee pad."

Altenberger saves his flash for the scorebook, consistently knocking down shots for the Potters.

After returning to the floor following knee surgery last year, Altenberger is considered one of the toughest guys in the Mid-Illini. He's also one of the quietest.

His team, his coaches, even his mom is trying to make him a more vocal leader.

"I'm not the most social guy, I guess," Altenberger said. "My mom always gets on my because I don't talk enough. I had to work on it."

He's still working on it.

"Our first few years together, I could count on my hands how many times we had a conversation," quipped Morton coach Jarrett Brown. "Now he embraces it."

Altenberger is embracing his role as teh clear leader of the Potters in his final year of high school basketball. He's a college-bound baseball player who this June will play in the prestigious Northwoods League.

He'll be away from home and unflashy player may have to speak to strangers.

"I can't say that I'm not nervous because I am going off to Wisconsin to live by myself," said Altenberger. "I'm only 18. It's going to be weird."  

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