HINCKLEY – When he began his basketball career, Hinckley-Big Rock senior Mitch Ruh did a lot of his work in the post.
As he got older, Ruh suddenly stopped growing, which forced him to develop into more of a guard. Ruh has played guard since his high school career at H-BR began, but his work down low isn’t done.
He still will guard the opposing team’s post player, depending on the situation, and will get the ball down in the paint, as well. This season, Ruh, who plays either at shooting guard or wing, will see more time in the post.
“I know I have it in me,” Ruh said. “But it doesn’t really bother me that much because I’m used to playing everywhere, and I just like the chance to play.”
It’s Ruh’s third year on varsity, working as a guard for a Royals team that has been playing together since grade school. He said he really started to get used to the position his junior season, but it never was too much of a problem making the adjustment.
Having someone who can bring the ball up the court, or play in the post isn’t common, especially in Class 1A.
“Probably pretty rare. I haven’t thought about it,” H-BR coach Bill Sambrookes said. “He doesn’t play point all the time, but he’ll play a wing, he’ll shoot 3s, and he can get inside, he’s a good free-throw shooter.”
One of the main reasons Sambrookes wants to use Ruh in different ways is so the three-year varsity player can get to the free-throw line more often. Last season, Ruh said his free-throw percentage was around 85 percent.
“That’s one thing we talked about this summer, we’ve got to get him to the line more often,” Sambrookes said. “He didn’t get to the line near enough last year with his touch.”