About the Staff

Welcome to Rip City Project, the Portland Trail Blazers news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Rip City Project is dedicated to providing top-notch Trail Blazers news, views, and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Meet the Team

Stevie Cozens,Site Expert

I'm Stevie from New Zealand. I'm a basketball loving dude who grew up following Jordan and the Bulls. I am lucky enough to write about basketball every day of my life. Find me on Twitter or send me an email!

Ruben Estrada,Contributor

Born and Raised in Portland, OR. Lifelong passion for Rip City. Cut from the eight grade club basketball team. Hopefully a better writer than baller.

Myer Lee,Contributor

Basketball nut and aspiring sportswriter. Educator turned journalist. Working diligently to fulfill dream of working in sports.

Ryan Gaskin,Contributor

Hi there! My name is Ryan Gaskin, and 20 years old. I'm English, but am currently living in Georgia, USA. I'm in my junior year at the University of North Georgia, and plan to graduate in 2021. I am also on the tennis team at UNG. I'm a lover of most sports, and am particularly invested in football (soccer!) and basketball. I'm a huge Manchester United fan on the football side of things, and the Portland Trail Blazers are my favorite team in the NBA. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas on here!

Zach Ciavolella,Contributor

A kid from Philly who fell in love with basketball. Anytime, anywhere, always down to talk hoops.

Ryan Mandel,Contributor

My name is Ryan Mandel and I am a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers fan! I am currently a senior at Gonzaga University studying Business/Computer Science, but love watching and writing about basketball in my free time. I am always open to talk NBA with anyone that wants to!

Quentin Thorne,Contributor

Quentin Thorne is a student journalist at Hofstra University. Quentin currently writes for the Rip City Project and Golden Gate Sports. In addition Quentin works for WRHU 88.7 FM and Hofstra Sports Beat on the Heat Network.

Spencer Poole,Contributor

University of North Carolina School of Journalism | Football Manager Aficionado | NBA Stat Nerd | Rip City

Gabe Alada,Contributor

NBA and NFL Lover. Portland Trailblazer and Pittsburgh Steeler Supporter.

Garrett Bugay,Contributor

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