USF's Ruben Guerrero wins national honor
In the wake of a stream of disheartening recent reports about Bulls men's basketball comes some uplifting news.
Seven-foot junior Ruben Guerrero has been named recipient of the 2015-16 NCAA Division I Male Sportsmanship Award by the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.
A frequent, towering presence at various Bulls sporting events, Guerrero has been recognized by his USF peers as the Most Spirited Student-Athlete the last two years. Last March, he was chosen for the American Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award in a voting of league men's basketball coaches.
A USF news release indicates: "On numerous occasions, he is the first to lend a helping hand to an opponent who may have fallen or gotten hurt due to a collision on the court."
This anecdote also was provided by the school in its nomination for Guerrero:
During a women's tennis match last spring, USF had a rowdy crowd and some fans were taunting the other team. Ruben, in a calm and gentle way, encouraged the fans to cheer more appropriately simply by saying, "Come on guys, let's be nice." He was easily able to bring about positive change among that group of fans.
"I’m really happy for Ruben,” Coach Orlando Antigua said in the release. “He exemplifies everything that is being an athlete and a student here at the University of South Florida. He has been an incredible teammate and student-athlete and I’m glad that he’s getting recognition nationwide."