Award carries with it a $1,500 postgraduate scholarship
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Former University of Arizona men’s basketball player Jason Ranne was selected as the 2003-04 male recipient of the Cooper Tire/Pacific-10 Conference Leadership Award.
Ranne, a 6-foot-4 guard from Tulsa, Okla., was selected as the male winner of this award by the league’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council based on his commitment to leadership and learning. He graduated cum laude in May 2004 with a B.A. in social and behavioral sciences.
A four-year basketball letterwinner, Ranne served on Arizona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board for two years, including one term as vice president (2003-04). He was a four-time winner of the Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award winner, a four-year member of the Dean’s List, a three-year men’s basketball academic award winner and was a first team Pac-10 men’s basketball all-academic selection in 2003-04.
Very active in community service, Ranne was a four-year participant in the Smith Project Speakers Bureau and spoke to more than 1,000 Tucson-area children on the importance of life skills, goal setting, physical and mental fitness, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He performed more than 200 hours of community service in Tucson and was the founder of the University of Arizona chapter of the Collegiate Athletes Coalition. He was also a Homecoming King finalist in 2003.
Ranne arrived in Tucson in the fall of 2000 as a walk-on to the men’s basketball team and eventually earned a scholarship for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. In his four years, he helped the Wildcats post a 100-32 (.758) overall record. Along the way, UA made one Final Four appearance (2001), won one Pac-10 championship (2003), one Pac-10 Tournament championship (2003) and appeared in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
In 48 career appearances, Ranne averaged 0.6 points and 0.2 rebounds, while shooting 31.0 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. He was selected co-captain in 2003-04 by a vote of his teammates
Ranne is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Minnesota. He received a $1,500 scholarship for postgraduate study and will be honored at the 2005 Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 11.