Monday, State Fair Community College sophomore Ronnie Rousseau became the fourth member of the Roadrunners in four years to become an All-American, receiving second-team Honors.
Wednesday afternoon he took steps to continue his basketball career as he signed a letter of intent to play for Missouri State University in Springfield.
“I think more than anything my signing is a sense of relief for me,” Rousseau said shortly before his official signing. “Missouri State is a good school and I am really looking forward to playing there.”
Rousseau said he committed to Missouri State on his first visit to the college.
“I chose the school for two main reasons, first it’s a really good school for academics,” Rousseau said. “I plan to study business once I transfer there.
“The second reason is because of the coaches and the staff,” he added. “They treated me well and they want to work with me there.”
As eager as Rousseau is to continue his collegiate career. leaving SFCC and the basketball program will be difficult.
“One of the better if not the best decision I ever made in my life was coming to State Fair,” Rousseau said. “Coach (Kevin) Thomas (SFCC men’s head basketball coach) and Coach (Adam) Short men’s assistant coach, are both role models for me, and not just me but for the rest of the team too.
“Coach Thomas gave me a shot after I left where I played my first year of ball by signing me here,” Rousseau added. “He really worked with me and I learned a lot from both of them.”
Thomas is proud of the work Rousseau has put in both on and off the court.
“Ronnie is a player who has earned all he has received,” Thomas said. “He has been a hard worker both on and off the court and we will miss his presence next year.
“I think one of the things we really helped Ronnie with was his academic focus,” Thomas added. “I think we brought some discipline to his classroom work and he has matured as a student more than anything.”
As a player, Thomas said Rousseau was good before his arrival at SFCC adding that he was able to produce both offensively and defensively for the Roadrunners.
Rousseau’s stats are a testament to that.
He finished the season with an average of 23.2 points per game, which is the highest scoring average in a single season single at SFCC.
Rousseau led the team in three-point percentage at 41.7. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and had 3.5 assists a game.
Known for his “killer crossover moves,” Rousseau said he started playing basketball at a young age.
“I think I learned how to dribble a basketball before I could walk,” Rousseau said with a broad smile. “I think I was two when I started to play.
“I have had a lot of good memories from playing basketball,” Rousseau said. “I think one of the best from this year is the game we played to get to Regions; we were down by like 15 points with about five minutes left but we came back to win that one.”
Rousseau said he was grateful to have had the opportunity to play at SFCC as well as his parents and Thomas and Short.
“Without all of the people who have helped me I wouldn’t be in the situation I am today,” Rousseau added. “I am thankful for them all.”
Rousseau was named to the first-team All-Region 16 team, and was awarded Region 16 player of the year for his efforts, as well as receiving first team all conference honors in the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference.
Rousseau received a full ride scholarship to play for the Missouri State.
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