Prescott native Trevor Rucker has arguably produced one of the most historic collegiate baseball careers during a successful four-year campaign resume for Southern Arkansas University Muleriders. He's achieved numerous accolades as one of the top D-II college baseball players in the nation and now claiming as the 2016-17 Great American Conference Male Athlete of the Year, announced last week.

Prescott native Trevor Rucker has arguably produced one of the most historic collegiate baseball careers during a successful four-year campaign resume for Southern Arkansas University Muleriders. He's achieved numerous accolades as one of the top D-II college baseball players in the nation and now claiming as the 2016-17 Great American Conference Male Athlete of the Year, announced last week.
He's had one of the most extraordinary dream senior season's as a top college baseball player in the history of athletics at Southern Arkansas University.   
According to GAC Communications, Rucker became the second-straight baseball All-American to take home the GAC Male Athlete of the Year honor, following Arkansas-Monticello’s Corey Wood. He helped the Muleriders win the regular-season title for the second time in his career and advance to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in his time frame.
Rucker, the unanimous GAC Player of the Year, took home the Central Region Player of the Year award from all the major outlets - National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association, the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association – and earned First-Team All-America recognition from the NCBWA and D2CCA.
He became the first NCAA college baseball player in at least the last six years to rack up at least 20 doubles, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He finished 2017 atop the GAC in eight major offensive categories – batting average (.393), slugging percentage (.842), on-base percentage (.498), runs scored (67), doubles (20), home runs (20), total bases (165) and times hit by pitch (25).
He was selected as one of 12 finalists for the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year Award as well as one of 14 finalists for the Josh Willingham Division II Most Valuable Player Award. Rucker remains the only player in all NCAA College Baseball with at least 20 doubles, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Additionally, he is one of just four (4) players in all of NCAA College Baseball to reach the 20 or more mark in home runs and doubles with the other three hailing from the DI ranks.
As the unanimous GAC Player of the Year, Rucker ended his career at Southern Arkansas with an impressive impact to post a career best as a senior in Batting Average (.393), Runs Scored (67), Hits (77), Doubles (20), Triples (4), Home Runs (20), RBIs (49) Slugging Percentage (.842), and On-Base Percentage (.498).
Furthermore, Rucker's season totals rank him in the Top-25 of DII in six (6) categories - Slugging percentage (2nd), Hit-By-Pitch (2nd), Total Bases (3rd), Home Runs (7th), Runs Scored (15th), and Doubles (21st).
Totaling 44 extra-base hits, Rucker's 20-home run campaign is the second-most in a season at SAU, and moved him to the top of the all-time list as he ended his standout four-year career with 42 home runs.
He's the first baseball player in GAC history to be a four-time All-GAC selection (2016 - HM, 2015 - HM, 2014 - 2nd-Team/Freshman of the Year), Rucker sits atop seven (7) major offensive categories in the GAC - Slugging percent, On-Base percent, Runs Scored, Doubles, Home Runs, Total Bases, and Hit-By-Pitch.
The former Prescott Curley Wolf  Rucker earned special honors and recognition during the early part of the season for SAU's baseball program as one of the GAC league Player of the Week award recipients for the opening week.
In his first season at SAU, he was selected Great American Conference “Freshman of the Year”, earned All-GAC Second Team selection and GAC All-Tournament MVP. He also earned the Natural State Baseball Freshman of the Year and Natural State Baseball First Team Selection and a Josh Willingham Award Finalist.
Rucker, a senior outfielder for SAU claimed the fourth GAC Player of the Week award of his career after he hit .462 at the Air Hogs DII Classic.  This tournament featured four opponents that all entered the season ranked or among those that received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll according to SAU Sports Information Department. He homered, tripled, doubled twice, stole four bases and scored six runs
For his career as a Mulerider, Rucker hit .341 (261-for-766) with 200 Runs Scored, 54 Doubles, 11 Triples, 42 Home Runs, 154 RBIs, 100 stolen bases, a slugging percentage of .604 and an on-base percentage of .430.
In Rucker's final performance as a Mulerider, Southern Arkansas fell short as the No. 5-seed team to face elimination from the 2017 NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament to No. 8-seed Arkansas-Monticello 5-4 at Glennen Field in Emporia, Kansas.
The Muleriders had 12 hits in the game and had at least one hit in all but one inning. Three Muleriders had multiple hits in the game with Rucker leading the way to finish at the plate 4-5. He also scored twice, stole a pair of bases to give him 20 on the year. He's now the only player in all NCAA college baseball with 20 doubles, 20 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.
During Rucker's final season at SAU, the Southern Arkansas senior outfielder Rucker now sits alone atop the SAU record book for career home runs as he blasted his 42nd career homer in the Muleriders' 9-5 loss to Henderson State in an elimination game at the 2017 Great American Conference Baseball Championship at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia.
He's surpassed former SAU All-American Cannon Lester, who hit 41 home runs over his prolific four-year career.
The Muleriders finished the 2017 baseball season 39-16.
Rucker was selected amongst several top talented college athletes that were nominated in a variety of sports that accomplished a high profile of accomplishments representing their university's athletic programs.  Other nominees for the 2016-17 GAC Male Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello junior Jalen Tolliver (Football), Arkansas Tech senior David Martin (Football), East Central senior Braxton Reeves (Basketball), Harding senior Park Parish (Football), Henderson State junior Bryant Haralson (Baseball), Northwestern Oklahoma State senior Reid Miller (Football), Oklahoma Baptist senior Jinny Parra (Baseball), Ouachita junior Tyler Mouton (Soccer), Southeastern Oklahoma State senior Raheem Wilson (Football), Southern Nazarene senior Colin Pasque (Track & Field) and Southwestern Oklahoma State senior Stefan Idstam (Golf).
Rucker and Maddie Dow, who was named the GAC Female Athlete of the Year, also from SAU make history to win both awards as athletes from the same institution for the first time in the Great American Conference six-year span.