Ruben Douglas enjoyed one of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history in 2002-03. Named to UNM's all-time team in March of 2003, Douglas became the first Lobo to lead the nation in scoring at 27.96 ppg. He was also chosen Mountain West Conference Player of the Year following his senior season.
In less than three full seasons, Douglas became the Mountain West Conference's career scoring leader with 1,782 points, a total that ranks No. 5 alltime at UNM. Amazingly, it took him just 22 games to become the MWC single-season scoring recordholder for all games and only nine league tilts to establish a new scoring standard in conference games. Former Lobo Lamont Long held the previous records in both categories (598 and 285 points) set during the 1999-2000 season.
In just 86 games at New Mexico, Douglas finished 3rd in career FT percentage (83.0), 3rd in career 3-pointers made (218), 6th in career 3 point percentage (41.3) and 5th in scoring (1,782 points).
Douglas scored 30 or more points in five straight games between Jan. 27-Feb. 15, 2003, tying Page's school record established during the 1979-80 season. Douglas holds school records for most points in three straight games (111) and four consecutive games (143). Douglas tied Marvin Johnson's record by scoring 82 points in consecutive games: 43 at San Diego State and 39 vs. Utah.
Douglas' 43 points against Wyoming on Feb. 15, 2003, and at San Diego State on Feb. 24 rank as the 7th-best performances in school history. His 43 points at SDSU are the most by a Lobo away from Albuquerque. Willie Long scored 41 at BYU on Jan. 29, 1970.
In conference games, Douglas averaged 32.1 ppg and shot 45.7% (59-129) from 3-point range. He scored 44.5% (449 of 1,008) of the Lobos' total points in MWC affairs.
Douglas also led the team in rebounding, averaging 6.6 a game, including 7.2 in MWC contests. A double-double in four of his last six games, he became the first Lobo to have a double-double in three straight games since Kenny Thomas did so in 1998-99.
The last Lobo to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding was Thomas in 1998-99. The last time a guard or small forward led the team in rebounding was Hunter Greene in 1986-87. Greene played at 6-foot-7. Douglas established a school and MWC record by scoring 20 or more points in 16 consecutive games. He scored 20 or more points 49 times in his Lobo career and reached 30 or more points on 15 occasions, including 11 times as a senior. He also had a school-record three 40-point explosions in 2002-03.
Douglas transferred from the University of Arizona to UNM prior to the start of the 2000 spring semester. He was a second team all-MWC selection as a sophomore and was named to the first team after his junior and senior seasons.
A personable Californian was born Oct. 30, 1979, in Pasadena. Douglas was a 1998 graduate of Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Altadena.