Ryan Ripken admitted he was tempted to stay close to home and play his collegiate baseball at Maryland. But the son of arguably the state's most beloved athlete opted to take his game on the road as he announced in November that he would accept a scholarship to play at South Carolina. "I wanted to step out of the box," the Gilman senior said. "It will be a challenge on the baseball side and from the school size. Gilman is a small private school and South Carolina, there's about 20,000 kids there. You're really on your own, further away from family. But I'm up for all the challenges." Also a basketball standout, the 6-foot-6 Ripken surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his career in December.
Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun
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