MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|As a Freshman Scott Pulled
Deep Bench Duty Until Late
Season When He Was Inserted
Into The Mustang Lineup And
Never Relinquished The
|Scotty Displays His State
Tournament Game MVP
Trophy to the Fans after
Scoring Sixteen Points In The
Second Half To Spearhead a
Mustang Rally That Would
Defeat Graves County.
|Scott should serve as an inspiration
to all young players who are late
bloomers to believe in yourself and
continue to work hard so that when
opportunity knocks you will be
prepared to take advantage and
make the most of it.
As a coach who has been associated with hundreds of Brossart players over the years, I am probably
happiest for Scott Ruth. Scotty is a survivor. As a freshman he could have easily passed for a sixth
grader. During tryouts he didn't make many mistakes, was very attentive and laughed at my stories, and
since the talent pool wasn't tremendously deep that year, we kept him on the Freshmen team.
We did drills which required shouting the word DEFENSE!!!. I actually had to tell Scotty to put some bass
in his voice so as to sound more mature and intimidating. For the first half of his freshman season Scott
occupied a seat at the far end of the bench and was relegated to deep mop-up duty.
One night after a road game in Louisville, I drove Scott home. On the way he asked me the inevitable
question about what he needed to do to get some playing time. I spent the best part of the next hour
telling him that this was a man's game, elaborating that his minute size and stature were a hindrance and
I wished I could let him play in some grade schoool games for experience etc, etc, etc.. All during my
dissertation he didn't say a word. When we pulled into his driveway he looked me square in the eye and
said something that I will take to the grave, He said "COACH, I CAN DO IT!!!"
It was at about the same time that our starting point guard had come out on the short end in some
fisticuffs with his brother and couldn't play in our game at NCC. After trying several combinations at
guard and remembering Scott Ruth's parting shot, I inserted the little guy into the lineup. He handled
the ball with precision, made good decisions, and knew when to take a high percentage shot. The team
jelled with him immediately and became a better team. From that night on HE EARNED A STARTING
POSTION AND NEVER, EVER GAVE IT UP.
Since that day, I've always believed in him. When Coach Schlarman became head coach, Scott was a
sophomore and had to dodge another career threatening bullet. Scotty was still very small for a
sophomore and Coach Schlarman was skeptical of his ability to develop into a contributing member of the
varsity squad someday. Once again, fate intervened. A player ahead of Scott on the depth chart defected
and Scott once again stepped in to fill a void............. and the rest is history.
Coach Schlarman and I note to this very day, that during his sophomore season, Scott was on the
video-camera the night that Nathan Seiter buried a shot from near half-court to beat Covington Catholic
and start our program on the road to success in the big time.
When Scott Ruth was named to the 38th District All-Tournament Team in his senior season, it was the
first time he had ever been named All-anything. Less than two weeks later, Scott scored sixteen points in
the second half of our State Tournament game with Graves County, spearheading a Mustang rally and
come from behind victory. For his efforts, Scott was honored as our MVP. What a fitting, climatic ending
to a storybook career.
I was very proud of the young man that Scotty Ruth had become as I stood and watched him field
questions from the media of the state at the winner's press conference after leading us to victory over
Graves County. From bench-sitter, to videotaper, to Rupp Arena heroics............
Scott Ruth has always made his own breaks and doesn't depend on help from anyone else. Who are you if
you don't believe in yourself??? Scott Ruth has always believed in himself. This climatic finish to a great
career couldn't have happened to a more deserving young man. Had I ever had a son, I would be very
proud if he turned out just like Scott Ruth.
Scott presently still sits in on practice occasionally, plays pick up games with our other alumni, and helps
coach the 8th Grade Team at St. Mary. Every day when I glance at the 2000 Team Picture which hangs
above our locker room in tribute to the accomplishments of those young men, I always seek out Scott
Ruth peering out over our practice/game floor and hope that he and the others are pleased with the
product on the floor and the manner in which they are striving to continue the legacy begun in 2000.
Scott Ruth's story is a success story ............ he just wouldn't let it be anything else.
Coach Dave Schabell
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