During his time at West Virginia, Ruoff was known as the Mountaineers' deep threat. For his career at WVU, Ruoff shot 37.5 percent from behind the three-point line. As the only senior on the 2008-09 team, Ruoff averaged 15.7 points per game to go along with 3.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.From there, Ruoff went to play in Belgium. While there, he averaged 6.6 points per game his first season. He then moved to another team in Belgium, where he averaged 8.8 points per game in 2011.
In the 2012 season, Ruoff spent time in Germany and also some time on NBA D-Leagues. With the Canton Charge, Ruoff averaged 26.0 minutes per game and scored 7.3 points per game during a 24-game stretch in the 2012-2013 season. He also played 13 games with the Iowa Energy, another D-League team, averaging 10.5 points per game with the team.
Now, though, he's back in Germany after some solid rehab on his knee and summer workouts to get him ready for a new season. This season he's with BG Gottingen, and he's looking to make a title run.
Playing overseas, Ruoff said, is much like playing in college, but completely different than United States structured basketball.
"Playing overseas is completely different than playing in the US. Different culture, whole different style of play. The NBA and the D-League play more of a 1 on 1, isolation style of play, whereas overseas play is more similar to college basketball, more team oriented," Ruoff explained.
Seeing as how European ball is similar to his college days, it only made sense for Ruoff to return to Morgantown to work out with some of his former teammates.
"My off-season workouts this summer in Morgantown were great," Ruoff said. "It goes without saying, the basketball facilities at WVU now are some of the best in the country. I'm very fortunate to be able to do my off-season training there."
While in the off-season, Ruoff was able to work with his old strength coach Andy Kettler, who has been training him ever since he went pro, Ruoff said.
"With all his experience both with top level college and professional athletes, him training me has been a blessing and a big advantage over my opponents."
Ruoff also had the chance to workout with guys like Da'Sean Butler, Joe Alexander, Kevin Jones, and John Flowers, all of which are on professional rosters. Ruoff said he even played pick-up games with current Mountaineer players during his workouts.
"Training and playing against that competition all summer is crucial for me to continue to develop my game," he said.
But now that the off-season is over and it's time to play ball, Ruoff has set his focus on just one thing.
"My only goal this season is to lead my team to the finals and win a championship."
To do that, Ruoff said his team has put him in a prime position to lead the way for them.
"This season, my role is that of the main scoring option as well as a versatile defender. My size and strength causes a lot of match up problems offensively and allows me to guard the 1-4 on defense."
Ruoff is excited about his team this year and says,"It's still early, but we have a lot of talent on the roster and lots of potential."
So far, Ruoff leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game early on in the season.
Ruoff has had a couple of good runs in his professional career, but this year is title or bust.
"I've reached two finals in my professional career, both in Belgium, but have yet to win a championship."