When Ruben Douglas was named CIF Southern Section Division IV Player
of the Year in 1998, he proved he was a top talent among a fine group
However, what the men’s basketball player accomplished this season
at University of New Mexico is the finest feat in Douglas’
Last week, Douglas, a senior, finished the NCAA regular season as
the top scorer in the nation. He ended his collegiate career with a
28-point average, scoring 783 points in 28 games. Douglas edged out
Eastern Illinois’ Henry Domercant, who averaged 27.9 points a game.
Unfortunately for Douglas -- a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard -- he
wasn’t able to take his scoring title into the NCAA tournament. The
Lobos (10-18) were defeated by BYU, 71-56, March 13 in the
quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament and didn’t
not get an invitation to the Big Dance.
To make matters worse, the Lobos weren’t even invited to take part
in the National Invitational Tournament, which they participated in
It was New Mexico’s first losing season in 20 years, as the Lobos
went 14-15 in the 1982-1983 season.
Along with his national scoring title, Douglas accomplished a long
list of feats at New Mexico:
* In just three seasons, he is UNM’s fifth all-time career scorer
with 1,782 points. Including his freshman season at Arizona, he ended
with 1,998 career points.
* He fell one point shy of breaking Kenny Page’s single-season
school scoring record of 784 points.
* He was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year,
averaging a conference record 32.1 points a game and shooting 40.3%
from the field and 45.7% from the three-point line. He was also third
in the conference with 7.2 rebounds a game.
* He played in all 28 games for the Lobos and had scoring outputs
of 43 (twice), 40 and 39 (twice) points. He scored in double figures
in every game and his season low was 12 points. He also had 94
Since Douglas is not taking part in the NCAA tournament, the next
thing he has to look forward is the June 26 NBA draft.
There is a good chance Douglas will be chosen in the two rounds of
the draft. However, while some basketball Web sites have predicted he
will likely be taken in the second round, one mock draft has him as
high as the 17th overall pick, while some have him not being drafted
Before going to UNM as a sophomore, Douglas played his freshman
season for Coach Lute Olson at Arizona. In his one season with the
Wildcats, he was named to the Pacific 10 Conference All-Freshman
While a senior at Bell-Jeff, Douglas led the state in scoring with
a 34.6 average. With 1,073 points, Douglas ended the season with
California’s firth-best single-season scoring mark and his 2,578
points ranked him No. 9 on the state career scoring list.