|Rod Rucker - 42
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.
Coach Haase On Rod
"We are very excited to have Rod join the UAB family," Haase said. "We have a real need for the type of player he is, which is a proven rebounder and a proven warrior. He does all the little things to help his team win games and I think he will be an immediate impact type of player."