Talented long-range shooter and gutsy performer who brings a needed outside threat to the Bears' aresenal this season.
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 ... His mother played basketball at Southwest Baptist University (NCAA II) ... Majoring in Accounting.