February 20, 2013

Marcus Ruh named Division II Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year

TOWSON, Md. – Saint Leo University men's basketball player Marcus Ruh headlines the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II men's basketball team as he has been named as the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year.

Ruh, who owns a perfect 4.0 GPA as a business administration major, is the Lions' leading scorer and has guided them to an 18-5 record and second place in the Sunshine State Conference.  A first team All-SSC selection as a junior, he was named to the 2011-12 All-Newcomer team. He was also named to the SSC All-Tournament Team last season.

As a senior, the Green Bay, Wis. native has picked up where he left off, leading 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.

As a junior, the 6-4 guard was the Saint Leo University Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  He started all 30 games while averaging 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  

The senior 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 alum 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.

The Capital One Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 D-II Academic All-America teams program.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

To view the entire Capital One Academic All-America® First and Second Teams, please visit www.capitaloneacademicallamerica.com