@LATechHoops Add Florida A&M Transfer Jermaine Ruttley
April 18, 2015
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech men's basketball head coach Michael White announced Saturday the signing of combo guard Jermaine Ruttley out of Florida A&M to a financial grant-in-aid.
Ruttley, with a solid frame of 6-feet-3-inches and 200 pounds, joins recent signee Justin Leon as another spring addition to the Bulldogs and will have one year of eligibility after producing a tremendous season with the Rattlers.
"Jermaine brings us age and immediate Division 1 experience in the backcourt," White said. "He is a proven scorer and he has also been a tremendous rebounding and defensive guard at both the junior college and D1 levels. We are very excited to have added to him to our roster as he will be ready to contribute right away."
Originally from Radcliffe, Kentucky, Ruttley starred at North Hadin High School before spending two seasons at Kaskaskia Community College where as a sophomore he averaged 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Those numbers translated almost identically to his junior year when he transferred to Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Florida who are part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Despite the Rattlers having an overall record of 2-27, Ruttley had an outstanding season with leading the team in scoring with an average of 17.4 per game (third most in the league) while shooting at a 45 percent clip from the field. He also led the team in rebounding (6.7), assists (2.1) and steals (1.6) while starting all 29 games.
In the latter half of his first year playing at the Division I is where Ruttley really shined. He ended up scoring at least 17 points in the last 10 games of the season with performances such as 30 points and nine rebounds at Delaware State followed by a 24-point, nine-rebound effort against North Carolina A&T.
Two games later at Bethune-Cookman, he registered 17 points and season highs in rebounds (16), assists (six) and steals (four). To finish out his junior year, he posted back-to-back 28-point games including a victory in the season finale versus Savannah State.
He ended up posting five double-doubles and led Florida A&M in scoring 22 of 29 games played, registering at least 20 points in 15 games. He also led the team in rebounding in 18 games.
Ruttley has been notified by Florida A&M that they will be subject to APR penalties during the 2015-16 season. The Rattlers have granted Ruttley his release and also provided documentation to LA Tech in support of Ruttley being eligible to compete immediately. However, the Bulldogs must still await confirmation from the NCAA.
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