NCAA Tournament second-round post-game notes.
2005 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-American ... Along with teammates Shannon Brown and Drew Neitzel, part of the nation's best backcourt as selected by Lindy's College Basketball ... Named third-team All-American by Street & Smith's ... Rated the No. 6 small forward in the nation by Lindy's ... Preseason first-team All-Big Ten as selected by Lindy's and Street & Smith's and second-team all-league by Athlon Sports ... Named the Big Ten's top shooter by Lindy's and the No. 7 shooter in the nation by Athlon ... Named honorable mention All-American by Athlon ... Added strength over the summer ... Combines great athleticism with outstanding range on his jump shot ... Improved passer.
2004-05: Second-Team All-Big Ten selection as chosen by the league's coaches ... Third-Team All-Big Ten honoree as selected by the league's media ... Named First-Team All-Big Ten by ESPN's Dick Vitale ... Started 31 of 33 games ... Michigan State's leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (3.9 rpg) ... Ranked 12th in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in free-throw percentage (.822) and seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage (.402) ... In Big Ten games, he ranked 18th in the league in scoring (12.9 ppg), fourth in free-throw percentage (.814) and sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.414) ... Led the Spartans in 3-point field-goal percentage (.402) and second in 3-point field goals made (53) ... Ranked third on the squad in assists (1.8 apg) ... Led the Spartans with 21 dunks ... Named to the All-Regional Team of the Austin Regional, averaging 16.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in the first four games of the NCAA Tournament ... Averaged a team-best 18.2 points in five NCAA Tournament games, shooting 43.9 percent from the field and averaging 4.6 rebounds per contest ... Shot 47.6 percent from the field after shooting 39.2 percent through his first two seasons, earning MSU's Most Improved Player Award ... Recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award ... Michigan State's leading scorer in 10 games ... Scored in double figures in 27 games, including a team-high seven 20-point games ... Scored a career-best tying 24 points against North Carolina (4/2) in the 2005 Final Four, including shooting a perfect 10-of-10 at the foul line ... Scored 21 points, while grabbing eight rebounds, in a career-high 39 minutes against Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament ... Scored 22 points against George Washington (12/4), Purdue (1/18) and Oakland (1/29), shooting 9-of-14 from the field against the Golden Grizzlies ... Opened the season with a 20-point effort against Florida A&M (11/19), grabbing a career-best nine rebounds ... Recorded 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, against Northwestern (3/2) ... Other top scoring efforts include 19-point games against Nicholls State (11/27) and Vermont (3/20) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 18-point efforts against Northwestern (1/8), Michigan (1/27) and Ohio State (2/9) ... Grabbed eight rebounds vs. Illinois (1/29) ... Dished out a season-high four assists against Oakland (1/29), Ohio State (2/9) and Wisconsin (2/24) ... Recorded a career-best four steals against Penn State (3/5) and tallied three steals against Nicholls State (11/27).
2003-04: Appeared in all 30 games, starting four ... Co-recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player with teammate Kelvin Torbert ... Fourth on the squad in three-point field-goal percentage (.349) ... Fourth on the team in scoring (8.5 ppg) ... Ranked third on the team in rebounding (3.2 rpg) ... In Big Ten contests, he ranked 10th in 3-point field-goal percentage (.404) ... Second on the Spartans with eight blocked shots (0.3 bpg) ... Scored in double figures in nine games, including one 20-point effort, leading the team in scoring three times ... Ranked second on the team by leading the squad in rebounding in five games ... Led all bench scorers with nine points vs. Bucknell (11/21), while also grabbing six rebounds ... Scored 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench against Kansas (11/25), shooting 6-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range ... Earned his first start of the season vs. Penn (11/29), scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds ... Scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds against Syracuse (1/3) ... Grabbed a career-best eight rebounds against Michigan (1/17), while also scoring nine points ... Recorded 10 points vs. Penn State (1/21) ... Exploded for a career-best 24 points vs. Northwestern (1/21), including 22 in the first half, on 9-of-13 shooting and 6-of-6 from three-point range ... Hit a 3-pointer as time expired to send the Minnesota contest (1/28) into overtime, with MSU eventually winning, 79-78, after trailing by 23 points in the first half ... Scored seven points and tied for the team high with five rebounds vs. Indiana (1/31) ... Also grabbed five rebounds vs. Iowa (2/4) ... Led the Spartans with 18 points at Ohio State (2/7), shooting 7-of-9 from the field ... Scored 11 points against Minnesota (2/14) ... Tallied 14 points vs. Northwestern (2/21) ... Recorded 11 points at Penn State (2/28) ... Scored 14 points in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal vs. Northwestern (3/12), shooting 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range ... Recorded six points and five rebounds in the NCAA Tournament against Nevada (3/18).
2002-03: Appeared in 24 games, starting four ... Tied for the team best with 11.0 points per game in six postseason games, shooting 50.0 percent from the field ... Second on the team with 29 made three-point field goals, ranking fourth all-time among Spartan freshmen ... Second on the team with 73 three-point field-goal attempts, ranking fifth all-time among Spartan freshmen, while his .397 three-point field-goal percentage ranks fifth in MSU freshman history ... Free throw percentage of .775 (31-of-40) ranked second on the team among players with at least 40 attempts ... Scored in double figures in nine games, leading the Spartans on four occasions ... Started the exhibition contest vs. the Magic Johnson All-Stars (11/1), scoring 12 points and recording three steals in 26 minutes ... Missed the first six games of the regular season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot ... Made his Spartan debut at Kentucky (12/14), scoring five points in 14 minutes ... Scored six points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Loyola (12/17) ... Missed Jacksonville State (12/28) and Toledo (12/30) contests after fainting in Christmas Day practice ... Returned to action against Oklahoma (1/4), scoring a team-best 12 points ... Scored 15 points vs. Ohio State (1/9) ... Recorded 14 points vs. Iowa (1/11) in a season-best 26 minutes ... Scored 10 points each vs. Purdue (1/14) and Penn State (1/22) ... Tallied six points vs. Illinois (2/2), including a three-pointer that gave MSU its first lead of the game at 45-44 ... Earned first career start at Indiana (2/8), knocking down two free throws in overtime to seal a Spartan victory ... Also started the next three games vs. Wisconsin (2/11), Northwestern (2/15) and Illinois (2/18) ... Turned in a five-point, five-rebound effort vs. Minnesota (2/26) ... Contributed nine points in 20 minutes vs. Purdue (3/14) in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals; his three-pointer as the shot clock expired sparked an 8-0 Spartan run midway through the second half ... Paced the Spartans with 15 points vs. Ohio State (3/15) in the Big Ten Tournament, knocking down six field goals, including a season-best three three-pointers ... Appeared in NCAA Tournament games vs. Colorado (3/21), Florida (3/23), Maryland (3/28) and Texas (3/30), averaging 10.5 points and shooting 53.6 percent from the field ... Scored a season-high and team-best 16 points vs. Florida in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament ... Recorded 10 points each vs. Maryland (3/28) and Texas (3/30) ... Member of the 2003 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team that posted a 7-1 record in Greece, averaging 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds.
High School: 2002 The Detroit News Dream Team member after averaging 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior for Coach Robert Murphy at Crockett High School ... 2002 Detroit Free Press Class B All-State ... All-Detroit honoree from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in 2002, while also earning All-Metro honors from The Detroit News ... Shot 91 percent from the free throw line as a senior ... Entered his senior season rated the No. 16 player in the nation by ESPN.com and No. 28 by recruiting analyst Dave Telep ... Averaged 23 points, six rebounds and five assists as a junior, leading Crockett to a 23-3 record and a Michigan Class "B" State Championship ... Shot 58 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range as a junior, in addition to shooting 91 percent from the free throw line ... Earned Class B All-State honors from the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News as a junior ... Named Third-Team All-Metro and Second-Team All-Detroit by The Detroit News and Second-Team All-Detroit by the Detroit Free Press in 2001 ... Coach Tom Izzo's first recruit from Detroit's Public School League ... Helped lead the Michigan Hurricanes to the AAU Tournament of Champions in North Carolina in May 2001, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... Named to the 2001 All-Tournament Team at the Houston Hoops and Cleveland Shootout AAU Tournaments ... Selected to the top-20 all-star team at the 2001 ABCD adidas camp ... Averaged 17 points, four rebounds and two assists as a sophomore, leading Crockett to a 17-6 mark and a district title ... Earned 2000 Honorable Mention All-Detroit honors from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.
Personal: Born Feb. 9, 1984 ... Son of Melvin Rucker and Mattie Ager ... Interdisciplinary humanities major.
-Three-Point- Year GP/GS Min./Avg FG-FGA FG% FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% OFF-DEF REB AVG PF/D A TO BL ST PTS AVG 2002-03 27/4 463/17.1 60-150 .400 29-73 .397 31-40 .775 11-50 61 2.3 47/0 17 24 12 5 180 6.7 2003-04 30/4 676/22.5 87-225 .387 37-106 .349 43-61 .705 27-69 96 3.2 59/1 20 38 8 12 254 8.5 2004-05 33/31 867/26.3 150-315 .476 53-132 .402 111-135 .822 37-91 128 3.9 53/2 60 61 8 22 464 14.1 Totals 90/39 2006/22.3 297-690 .430 119-311 .383 185-236 .784 75-210 285 3.2 159/3 97 123 28 39 898 10.0