Basketball Player Marcus Ruh Named Division II Capital One Academic All-America of the Year

February 20, 2013

Saint Leo University men's basketball player Marcus Ruh headlines the 2012–2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II men's basketball team, having been named the 2012–2013 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year.

Ruh, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a business administration major, is the Lions' leading scorer. A first team All-SSC selection as a junior, he was named to the 2011–2012 All-Newcomer team. He was also named to the SSC All-Tournament Team last season.

The senior from Green Bay, WI, has led Saint Leo to a No. 20 ranking in the NABC Top 25 and has also eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau in his career. He is averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Ruh is shooting 47.2 percent from the field and has knocked down 48.9 percent of his three-point attempts (45-of-92), a mark that leads the SSC.

Ruh earns a special place in the history of Saint Leo as he is just the 10th Academic All-America and the school's first-ever Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year. He is the first Academic All-America since men's soccer alumnus Bruce Cutler was named to the second team in 2010 and the first men's basketball player since Ralph Nelson earned the honor in 1977 and again in 1978.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

For more information, contact Evan Ortiz, manager of athletic communications, at (352) 588-8506 or evan.ortiz@saintleo.edu.