In mid-April Louisiana Tech announced the addition of guard Jermaine Ruttley for the 2015-16 season, with the former Florida A&M player eligible to compete immediately for the Bulldogs. Then the coaching carousel got going, with Michael White moving on to Florida and Dusty May, who some Louisiana Tech players wanted to take over, heading to Gainesville as well.
As a result Ruttley reopened his recruitment, and Saturday morning it was reported by ESPN.com that he’s decided to attend Arkansas-Little Rock. News of Ruttley’s commitment was originally reported Friday night, but that proved to be premature.
The 6-foot-3 Ruttley averaged 17.4 points per game at Florida A&M last season after playing at Kaskaskia Community College. In announcing the addition of Ruttley to the program, Louisiana Tech stated that Florida A&M was working with them and the NCAA to ensure that Ruttley would be eligible to compete immediately due to a possible postseason ban for academic progress rate issues.
Now that Ruttley has picked UALR, the Trojans will likely need similar cooperation to ensure that the high-scoring guard can take the floor in 2015-16. UALR, which has a new head coach in Chris Beard, returns its top two scorers from last season in guard Josh Hagins and forward Roger Woods.
Ruttley is the fourth addition to the UALR program, joining junior college transfers Jalen Jackson and Lis Shoshi and freshman Tyson Batiste.
Louisiana Tech made a move to shore up its backcourt rotation this weekend as the school announced the signing of Florida A&M transfer Jermaine Ruttley.
The 6-foot-3 Ruttley was the third-leading scorer in the MEAC last season at 17.4 points per game and he also led the Rattlers at 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
“Jermaine brings us age and immediate Division 1 experience in the backcourt,” Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White said in the release. “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.”
According to the official release from the school, Ruttley could be immediately eligible next season because of APR sanctions that Florida A&M is facing.
“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,” the release said.
With the Bulldogs having a lot of unproven players in their back court for next season, besides Alex Hamilton, Ruttley could slide in as the team’s new starting point guard. A former junior college transfer, Ruttley really got rolling at the end of last season as he scored at least 17 points in each of Florida A&M’s final 10 games.
Florida A&M junior guard Jermaine Ruttley, one of the MEAC’s top players, will transfer, according to a report from Jordan Culver of the Tallahassee Democrat.
The 6-foot-3 guard was the third-leading scorer in the MEAC at 17.4 points per game while also averaging a team-leading 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Ruttley scored at least 17 points in each of the final 10 games of the season and could help a number of different programs in need of bucket getters.
Ruttley shot 45 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range and averaged 33 minutes a contest for the Rattlers. A former junior college transfer, Ruttley will have one year left of eligibility.