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#2000 Dan Ruland
Position: Men's Basketball
Hometown: Annapolis, Md.
Alma Mater: James Madison
Graduating Year: 1983

Dan Ruland was a leading performer during what always will be remembered as a special time in the history of JMU's men's basketball program. He played for the Dukes from 1979-83 and was a starter on JMU's NCAA Tournament teams during each of his final three college seasons.

As a 1982-83 senior the Annapolis, Md., native averaged team highs of 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds and was Co-Player of the Year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division. JMU beat West Virginia that season in the first round of NCAA play after winning NCAA Tournament contests the previous two years against Georgetown and Ohio State. His 1981-82 team was eliminated from post-season play 52-50 by North Carolina's eventual national championship team that included future professional first-round draft choices Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins.

Ruland completed his JMU career with 1,255 points and 640 rebounds. He was a 54.5 percent shooter (501-919) from the field and a 77.8 percent shooter (253-325) from the free throw line. JMU won ECAC South titles in 1980-81 and 1982-83 and received an at-large NCAA bid in 1981-82. He was a third-round draft choice by the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers in 1983, and he later played professionally for five seasons in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League.