TULSA, Okla.. – Former Missouri State standout Austin Ruder has announced that he will transfer to ORU for the 2017-18 season and after earning his degree in Springfield will be immediately eligible to play.
Austin Ruder | 6-3 | 200 | Sr. | Nixa, Mo. // Nixa HS // Missouri State
- Earned Missouri Valley All-Freshman Team honors in 2013-14 after hitting 72 triples, the third most by any freshman in the MVC.
- Overcame an injury in 2015-16 and played in 29 games last season with seven starts.
- Averaged better than seven points per game for his career and had 40 assists in each of his first two seasons with the Bears.
- Prepped at Nixa High School, where he was a Class 5 consensus first team all-state selection and was the Central Ozarks Conference Player of the Year
- Played for Coach Rodney Perry's MOKAN Elite team that went to the final four of the Peach Jam in 2012.
Interim Head Coach Rodney Perry on Ruder
"I look forward to Austin being a big part of this program. He's a knock-down pure shooter which we really needed. He set the 3-point record as a freshman at Missouri State and is a guy who will take a lot of pressure off our big men. He will provide leadership on and off the court. He's a winner. He comes from a winning tradition throughout high school and AAU ball and is a highly competitive guy who hates to lose."
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