WINTER PARK, Fla. - Saint Leo University men's basketball standout Marcus Ruh has been selected as the 2012-13 Sunshine State Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ruh is the first student-athlete in school history - male or female - to receive the prestigious honor.
He was chosen for the award in a vote conducted among athletic directors, senior woman administrators, athletics communications directors, and faculty athletics representatives from the SSC's nine member institutions. Criteria considered in selecting the winner were: first, scholarly excellence (3.7 GPA minimum); second, athletic prominence; and finally, involvement within the school and community.
Having posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average in business administration, Ruh was named the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division II men's basketball. The award is the highest academic honor bestowed in the sport.
In conjunction with receiving the nation's highest honor, he was selected as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America First Team. Ruh is one of only 10 student-athletes in Saint Leo history to receive that distinction.
A native of Green Bay, Wis., he graduated summa cum laude in May. He was named the Saint Leo University School of Business Student of the Year.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Ruh also played a key role in sparking a turnaround in the men's basketball program at Saint Leo. Named as the 2012-13 SSC Men's Basketball Player of the Year, he led the Lions to a 22-8 overall record and the first conference regular-season title in program history. Ruh averaged 16.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while leading the squad to a school-record 22 victories. He shot 45.8 percent from the field, 45.9 percent from three-point range, and 79.6 percent at the free throw line.
Ruh was named both the Male Athlete and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Saint Leo. His impressive haul of postseason accolades also included DII Bulletin Third-Team All-America, NABC First-Team All-District, and Daktronics First-Team All-South Region.
Complementing Ruh's efforts on the court and in the classroom was a willingness to offer his time to a number of causes in the Saint Leo community. An active member of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), he donated clothes and time for a Make-A-Wish donation drive. He also participated in a car wash to help raise money for the same organization. Additionally, Ruh mentored underprivileged inner-city children and volunteered at multiple youth athletic clinics. He was a member of a Saint Leo marketing group that helped produce multiple promotional videos for the Officer Friendly program in Pasco County.