|Rod Rucker - 42
Junior Season (2012-13)
Named Second Team All-Conference USA ... reached double figures in points in 26 of 33 games ... only Blazer to start all 33 games ... team's leading scorer and rebounder with 14.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg ... poured in 16 points and had six boards at Memphis ... went for 16 points and 13 boards vs. UCF ... named Conference USA Player of the Week (3/4) for averaging 23.5 ppg and shooting 60.6 percent from the floor in wins at Tulane and vs. SMU ... ranked third in C-USA with 11 double-doubles ... posted 21 points and 11 boards vs. SMU (3/2) ... put in a career-high 26 points, 18 in the first half, at Tulane (2/27) ... his 26 points and 13 made field goals marked individual highs for UAB in 2012-13 ... recorded a team-high 14 points and nine boards at ECU (2/13) ... put in 18 points and corralled 10 rebounds vs. Marshall ... netted a team-high 17 points off 7-of-10 shooting at Tulsa (2/6) ... poured in 18 pts and grabbed nine rebounds vs. UTEP (1/30) ... scored a game-high 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds vs. ECU (1/23) ... posted three straight double-doubles vs. Dayton, UCF and Memphis averaging 17.6 pts and 13.3 rebs during that stretch ... scored 20 pts and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds at Dayton (1/5) ... posted a double-double vs. Northeastern (12/29) with 12 pts and 10 rebs ... poured in a game-high 22 pts on 9-of-15 shooting vs. ULM (12/20) ... recorded 13 pts, five rebounds and six assists at UNC (12/1) ... ranked sixth in C-USA in rebounds per game (8.2).
Junior College (2010-12)
A first-team All-Panhandle Conference selection for head coach Steve Forbes in 2011-12 ... ranked as the No. 10 recruit among the class of 2012 junior college prospects, according to JucoJunction.com ... as a sophomore, he averaged 12.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game for the Raiders' 31-2 season that ended with NWF State reaching the NJCAA national championship game ... the 31 wins marked an all-time high for the program ... in the NJCAA Division I national championship game against South Plains College (Texas), he netted 16 points and 14 rebounds and earned a spot on the all-tournament team ... during his freshman season with the Raiders (2010-11), Rucker averaged 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest on his way to second-team all-conference honors ... Rucker is the most recent NWF State CC recruit to play for the Green and Gold, joining Donell Taylor, Ronell Taylor and most recently, Jamarr Sanders.
Attended Elbert County High School and played for head coach Larry Brown ... in 2010 as a senior at ECHS, Rucker averaged 21.9 points, 16.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, helping his team to a 27-3 record and advanced to the elite eight of the Class 3A state tourney ... was a two-time, first-team 3A All-State selection at ECHS and his 16.9 rebounds average during his senior season led the state of Georgia in rebounding for all classifications ... shattered a backboard on a dunk during the 2010 Region Tournament.
Full name is Demetrius Sherrod Rucker ... born March 24, 1991, in Elberton, Ga. ...major is communication management ... the son of Dexter Rucker and Crystal Carter ... goes by the nickname of "Rod" ... has four siblings which includes two brothers (Shane and Derius) and two sisters (Monique and Kaylee).