Academic All-American

West Virginia University senior guard Alex Ruoff has been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A history major with a 3.79 GPA, Ruoff is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He became WVU's 45th 1,000-point scorer this season and now shows 1,305 career points, ranking 22nd in school history. He is 12 3-point field goals shy of setting the WVU school record for 3-point field goals in a career.

A native of Spring Hill, Fla., Ruoff was the only Big East student-athlete selected on any of the three teams. Senior Brett Winkleman of North Dakota State was tabbed Academic All-American of the Year. Jason Holsinger (Evansville, Sr.), Aaron Linn (Gardner-Webb, Sr.) and Bryan Mullins (Southern Illinois, Sr.) join Ruoff and Winkleman on the first team.

Ruoff is making his second appearance on the national team, having earned third-team honors last season. The West Virginia University men's basketball team has had an Academic All-American five times in the last six years. Johannes Herber earned first-team honors in 2005 and 2006 and third-team accolades in 2004.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be a starter or key reserve, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution and be nominated by the school's sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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