HAMDEN, Conn. – Fresh off one of the most distinguished seasons in the history of Switzerland's top professional basketball division, former Quinnipiac University standout Justin Rutty has agreed to join the Boulazac Basket Dordogne franchise in France for the 2013-14 season.
The Newburgh, N.Y. native excelled in Switzerland last year and was contacted by Boulazac at season's end. Boulazac is one of 16 teams in the Pro National Basketball League A, the first-tier men's professional league in France. Boulazac welcomes Rutty with open arms after missing out on the playoffs this past season. Terms of the contract were undisclosed.
"On behalf of the entire Quinnipiac Men's Basketball program, we are all very excited about Justin Rutty signing a new contract with Boulazac in Paris," said head coach Tom Moore. "After earning MVP honors in Switzerland a year ago, this is the next logical step in his professional career. Justin is happy and excited about this latest challenge and our staff, current players, and his former teammates are all very proud of him."
In the 2012-13 season with BBC Nyon, Rutty was the Swiss LNA's third-leading scorer as the 6-foot-7 power forward averaged 20.8 points per game. He also tallied 11.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per outing and was named All-Swiss LNA Import Player of the Year at the end of the season. On November 3, 2012, Rutty broke his single-game personal career scoring record with 33 points in home win against BBC Boncourt. Later in the season on January 19, 2013, Rutty broke his personal career single-game record in rebounds with 21 boards against Benetton Fribourg Olympic - eight of which came on the offensive end. He added 23 points to complete a stellar all-around night.
Rutty, who still sits alone at the top as the Northeast Conference and Quinnipiac All-Time Leader in rebounds (1,032), led the Swiss League in rebounding, points and evaluation. Rutty started his pro career in Uruguay during the 2011-12 season where he played for Aguada. He compiled 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in the LUB. A Hard-working, active scorer and rebounder at the power forward position, he has continued to improve his ball-handling skills and fitness to run court like a small forward.
Last year's Boulazac roster featured five players hailing from the United States. Among those names are Tyler Smith from the University of Tennessee and Darryl Monroe of George Mason. The 2013-14 season will begin in October and run through the month of May.
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