Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Southern Illinois
2014 MVC All-Freshman Team
After breaking MSU's freshman 3-point record (72) and earning MVC All-Freshman Team laurels last year, the sharp shooter only looks to improve this season. He has worked hard in the weight room and enters the preseason in great physical condition.
2013-14 Earned MVC All-Freshman Team honors after hitting 72 3-pointers, the most ever by a Missouri State freshman and tied for third-best ever by a freshman player in the MVC ... Scored a 3-pointer in 27-of-33 games as a true freshman, including 20 games with multiple 3-pointers ... Started 32 of 33 games (did not start senior night) and led club in minutes (29.7), 3-pointers and attempts (180) while dropping in 40 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent at the line ... Finished third on the team in scoring (8.6) ... Finished third in the MVC in 3-pointers per game (2.2) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.400) ... Matched career high with 21 points behind 6-of-12 from long range in MVC Tourney win over Illinois State (3/7/14) to earn Coors Player of the Week honors for third time of the season ... Posted game-high 15 points in win over Indiana State (2/22/14) with 3 3-pointers to break Blake Ahearn's MSU freshman trey record ... Had 12 points at Illinois State (2/18/14) behind a 3-for-5 effort beyond the arc .. Had team-high 15 points with 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 at the line vs. UNI (2/15/14) ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on 2/3/14 for performances against Bradley and Drake ... Dropped 13 points on Bradley (2/1/14) at JQH Arena with 3 3-pointers, 2 assists and a key steal ... Posted a career-high 21 points at Drake (1/29/14) on 7-of-10 shooting and 6-of-9 from 3-point range ... Went 4-for-8 from 3-point range to finish with 12 points in win over SIU (1/25/14) ... Posted 3 assists in win over Evansville (1/21/14) ... Knocked down 3-of-4 3-pointers and finished with 11 points at UNI (1/18/14) ... Went 5-for-8 from 3-point range with a team-high 17 points and 43 minutes in game vs. No. 6 Wichita State (1/11/14) ... Had season-best 3 assists with a pair of 3-pointers in win at Bradley (1/8/14) ... Totaled 3 treys in home win over Illinois State (1/2/14) ... Knocked down 4 3-pointers and matched career high with 6 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M (12/21/13) ... Had 5 points and a season-high 6 rebounds at No. 4/6 Louisville (12/17/13) with team-high 25 minutes ... Went 2-for-3 from long range with 3 rebounds in key road win at Oral Roberts (12/13/13) ... Had 10 points and 3 steals vs. Cameron (12/4/13) ... Helped rally Bears to victory against Texas A&M (11/29/13) with 19 points -- including 16 in second half -- with 5-of-9 makes from beyond the arc, including a pair of four-point plays ... Earned MSU Coors Player of the Week honors for his efforts against TAMU ... Knocked down a 3-pointer and played 31 minutes in win over Liberty (11/26/13) ... Had his third straight game with multiple 3-pointers with an 8-point performance against Grambling (11/20/13) ... Was 2-for-5 from 3-point range in his first game at JQH Arena vs. Tulsa (11/16/13) ... In his collegiate debut, he earned a starting role and dropped 14 points on 4-of-7 3-pointers at Old Dominion (11/8/13) with a pair of assists ... Earned a spot on the MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.
High School Was a Missouri Class 5 consensus first-team all-state selection after averaging 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Coach Jay Osborne's Nixa (Mo.) High Eagles as a senior in 2012-13 ... Made 86 3-pointers (.379) and earned All-Tournament honors at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, was named Central Ozarks Conference Player of the Year and earned all-district honors for the third year ... Eagles finished 22-6 and Class 5 district runners-up in 2013 ... Finished with a school record 1,722 career points ... Nixa was 101-16 in his four years with two district titles and three Central Ozarks Conference championships ... As a junior, he led the Eagles to a 30-2 ledger and Missouri Class 4 runner-up finish ... Knocked down 82 3-pointers, averaged 17.8 points and posted 3.0 assists per game as a junior ... Was a consensus Missouri all-state pick in 2011-12 (first team AP, second team MBCA) and earned all-conference laurels for the second straight year ... Started all four seasons and helped Nixa to a 22-6 ledger his sophomore year and 27-2 mark his freshman season ... Played for Mo-Kan Elite AAU squad that advanced to the Peach Jam final four (Nike EYBL) in 2012 ... Made 52-of-103 (.505) 3-pointers in 16 games at AAU nationals ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 7 3-point shooter in the class of 2013.
Personal Austin John Ruder was born 3/15/94 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of John and Stacey Ruder of Nixa, Mo. ... Has a younger brother, Jacob, who is a pitcher at Kansas State ... His mother played basketball at Southwest Baptist University (NCAA II) ... Majoring in Accounting ... Also received a scholarship offer from Davidson with recruiting interest from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Northern Iowa ... Biggest sports thrill was reaching the final four at the AAU Peach Jam (Nike EYBL) in 2012 and hitting the last 3-pointer in the Bears' win over Illinois State his freshman season.