Former Mountaineer Alex Ruoff has spent the past several months in Morgantown rehabbing after suffering from a torn ACL in his knee. Now, however, he says he’s ready to go and get back on the court professionally.
"I just got cleared to play and I’m healthy now," he said. "I’m looking to sign with the same club I was with."
Ruoff had been playing overseas with a Belgium team when he tore his ACL in November, he had surgery on the knee in late December.
"This past month, I’ve been able to do agilities and workouts," Ruoff said. "That’s been exciting for me, because for five months before that I was only allowed to do spot-shooting. You can imagine with that frustration, I’m very happy to be back on the court."
For Ruoff, the transition to playing in Europe took some time, but he feels he’s now much closer to where he needs to be in terms of his style of play.
"I think I’ve gotten better," he said. "My first year was all rocky for all 10 months. I had a Serbian coach and we didn’t really get along. But I think I’ve adjusted well.
"It was my ego that had to adjust mostly in not having the ball," he continued. "The shot-clock is only 24 seconds and you’re looking at maybe two ball screens and then a shot, that’s it. You’ll go maybe a whole quarter without touching it."