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City Colleges of Chicago Men’s Basketball Player Transferring to NCAA Division II University

5/13/2015 12:00 AM

Heavily recruited by four-year colleges after a successful sophomore season in 2014-15, Quentin Ruff of the Olive-Harvey College men’s basketball team signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Ferris State University, an NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich.   

A 6-foot shooting guard, Ruff played an instrumental role this year in helping Olive-Harvey capture the Region IV Division II Tournament, qualify to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time since 2002-03, compile a 26-10 record and finish No. 19 in the final poll as he topped the Panthers with an 18.4 points-per-game average and led all three NJCAA divisions with 134 three-point baskets made.   

In recognition of his performances, Ruff earned first-team All-Region IV honors, claimed the Most Valuable Player award at the Region IV Tournament and was named Region IV Division II Player of the Week twice.    

Ruff started all 36 games this season and placed second on the team in both assists (3.1 per game) and steals (1.9 per game).  He also averaged 3.4 rebounds per game.   

A graduate of Larkin High School in Elgin, Ill., Ruff, a 49.7 percent field-goal shooter in 2014-15, ranked 22nd nationally in NJCAA Division II with 45-percent accuracy rate from three-point range after connecting on 134-of-298 attempts. He made at least one three point shot in 35 of 36 games, including the Malcolm X College contest December 23rd when he converted a career-high nine three pointers (9-of-13 shooting) en route to scoring 31 points in the Panthers’ 108-91 victory. In the following game, Ruff tallied an all-time best 33 points against Cincinnati State and Technical Community College on December 29th.    

Other career highs registered by Ruff this season were his nine rebounds in a 106-96 win vs. Genesee Community College (N.Y.) at the National Tournament on March 19th and six steals, which he recorded in victories over Ohio Mid-Western College on December 30th and the Northwestern University club team January 24th.  Along with the rebounds in the Genesee game, Ruff also surpassed the 30-point plateau for the third time in 2014-15 as he finished with 32 points.   

In his freshman year, Ruff averaged 9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 22-11 Olive-Harvey.  His 10 assists in a 106-97 triumph over Triton College that season were the most in his tenure with the Panthers.   

Ruff will major in communications with a sports concentration at Ferris State.   

In 2014-15, Ferris State captured the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the tenth time in program history, and produced a 23-9 record.   

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