Bad Breaks

West Virginia basketball signee Alex Ruoff just completed his senior season, but things certainly didn't go as planned for the Florida standout.

Ruoff, who was averaging around 30 points and 11 rebounds per game for Central High School in Brooksville, Fla., missed most of his senior season with a pair of injuries.

"I was out for three weeks, and the very first game I came back I broke the sesamoid bone, which is right around the ball of the foot," Ruoff related. "I was supposed to be out for six weeks, but after four weeks it was feeling a little better, so I got the o.k. to try and play. It was senior night, and I wanted to play in that game.

"Basically, we had to walk the ball up the court, and I had to post up a lot," said Ruoff, who cut a hole in the inserts of his shoe and put heavy padding around the broken bone. "It worked out o.k., I guess, because we won the game."

That win put Central into the first round of the district playoffs, but with Ruoff still limited, the team couldn't pull out a win, ending his season.

"It was pretty painful," the WVU signee admitted. "I was taking ibuprofen before and after the games, but I couldn't do much on it. The one fear we had was that I would re-fracture it, but that didn't happen, so now it's just a matter of time."

Ruoff admitted that he's looking forward to getting back into full activity after sitting out for so long.

"It was hard. We lost 13 or 14 in a row after I sprained my ankle, so that wasn't too fun. I've never had an injury keep me out that long before. I talk to (WVU assistant coach) Matt Brown a lot, and keep up with how the team is doing. He also kept up with me and how I was doing. I probably talked with him every two or three days."

For more on Ruoff, check out this weeks print edition of the Blue & Gold News. There, Ruoff details the injury and reveals his plans for the spring and summer.

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