After re-opening his recruitment following a commitment to Louisiana Tech, former Florida A&M guard Jermaine Ruttley has told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that he will instead attend Arkansas-Little Rock.
Terrific get for Arkansas-Little Rock coach Chris Beard. Picked up transfer Jermaine Ruttley — who had committed to Louisiana Tech.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 16, 2015
The decision comes just over a week after former Bulldogs coach Michael White was hired as Billy Donovan’s replacement at Florida, as well as White’s decision to take longtime assistant Dusty May with him. Louisiana Tech players had been lobbying for May to take over as head coach, and now the university will search elsewhere for White’s successor.
The 6’3″, 200 pound Ruttley averaged 17.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last year while shooting 45 percent from the field. After spending a season with a team that went 2-27 (2-14 MEAC) in 2015, he will join an Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans squad that went 13-18 (8-12 Sun Belt) last season, but has yet to make the main event of the NCAA Tournament since 1990 when Mike Newell was coach.
In 12 seasons under head coach Steve Shields, the Trojans have gone 192-178 with one Sun Belt Conference title, won in 2011. That year, the team lost to UNC-Asheville in the First Four.