NORMAL, Ill. – After verbally committing to Illinois State and head coach Porter Moser almost a year ago, point guard Alex Rubin from Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minn., made it official on Wednesday, signing his national letter of intent to continue his education and basketball career at ISU.
“Alex is a true point guard and really knows how to play the game,” Moser said. “He can push the ball and makes guys around him better. His court savvy and awareness is what really got me fired up about Alex. He knows how to get guys the ball, he can knock down open shots and he works so hard because he wants to win.”
“He just has a ton of intangibles and we knew we wanted to sign a point guard in this class with Boo (Richardson), Dom (Johnson) and Julius (Moor) all being seniors next year. It will be a great fit for him to come in as a freshman under those guys.”
At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Rubin led the Falcons to a 19-10 overall record, before falling in the sectional finals. A two-time all-Classic Lake Conference selection, Rubin averaged 14.5 points and 4.8 assists per game as a junior. In 2006, he was named to the all-metro defensive second team and was an honorable mention all-state selection.
“I really liked the coaches, the players and the campus,” Rubin said. “Illinois State has a great tradition and it’s a program that is back on the rise and I’m looking forward to being a part of that. I want to come in and help the team win a conference championship and get to the NCAA Tournament.”
With the Falcons, Rubin has been coached by Greg Miller.
“Alex is very aggressive and very explosive on the court,” Miller said. “He has a pass-first mentality and is a true point guard. He also has the ability to score and his ability to hit the mid-range jumper at full speed is difficult to guard.”
Rubin also played AAU basketball for the Minnesota Magic Elite under head coach Parrish Curry.
“Alex is a great point guard who is such a fierce competitor on both sides of the ball,” Curry said. “His knowledge of the game is well beyond his years and he will be a great floor leader for Illinois State. He has a great mid-range jumper and is effective off the dribble, plus he is also a very good defender.”