College - Minnesota

Ryan Saunders enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

Saunders is instrumental in assisting with the preparation for upcoming opponents with extensive scouting reports and statistical analysis. Saunders came to the Wizards after spending a year coaching under Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota, where he helped the Golden Gophers to an NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition to his on-court work, he helped players with their academic and social development off the court.

Before moving to the sidelines, Saunders played four seasons at Minnesota, where he was a two-time team captain, four-time scholar athlete award winner and 2006 Big Ten All-Academic selection. He earned his bachelorís degree in sport management and is currently pursuing his masterís degree in applied kinesiology.

With his expertise in statistical analysis, Saunders helped developed Gametime Concepts, a statistics program used by various NBA and NCAA basketball teams. Saunders is involved with various youth basketball camps and charitable organizations in Minnesota.