Ruben Monzon becomes member of Saints 1,000-Point Club

Men’s basketball player Ruben Monzon surpassed 1,000 points to become the Saints’ seventh male basketball player to join the Saints 1,000 Point Club. He scored his 1,000-1,002 points during the game against Wayland Baptist University on Nov. 12. Monzon also holds all-time records for most rebounds, rebounds average and defensive rebounds.

Head Coach Chris Dial commented, “Ruben’s latest accomplishment comes as no surprise. He’s an incredible guy and a pretty good basketball player, too. Ruben has meant a lot to the program, and his legacy will continue to serve us and our culture. I am proud of him and excited to traverse his final collegiate season with him.”

Monzon joins six other men on the Saints 1,000-Point Club:

Robert Martinez (2009-2013) – 1,963 points

Ricardo Zanini (2009-2012) – 1,023 points

Lo’Ron Smith (2010-2013) – 1,067 points

Eddie Ortiz (2009-2013) – 1,000 points

Joe Jackson (2015-2017) – 1,150 points

Darion Brown (2014-2018) – 1,116 points

Female members of the Saints 1,000-Point Club include:

Stacey Darnley (2009-2012) – 1,169 points

Alisha Crump (2009-2013) – 1,055 points

Nashae Owens (2011-2014) – 1,259 points

Courtney Bayliss (2011-2015) – 1,413 points

Kendall Groff (2013-2016) – 1,061 kills (volleyball)

Julia Rendon (2014-2018) – 1,116 points

Kasey Saldana (2016-2020) – 1,584 points

Lena Wilson (2016-2020) – 1,372 points

Monzon joined the team in 2018 after transferring from Texas A&M University – San Antonio. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and Security in December 2021. He is in his second semester of graduate school, where he is pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Monzon’s stats include: 75 games played, 375/805 FG/A, 56/179 3FG/A, 196/276 FT/A, 126 OReb, 432 DReb, 558 total rebounds, 9.25 RPG, 90 assists, 28 blocks, 77 steals, 1,002 points and 13.36 PPG. Monzon is a three-time Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Champions of Character honoree. He is a three-time RRAC All-Conference Team member, only missing out in 2020-2021, when the team opted out of the season due to the COVID 19 pandemic. He received RRAC Player of the Week honors three times, including once so far this season. In 2019-2020, he was named RRAC Character Athlete of the Week. In addition, Monzon is a four-time RRAC Scholar-Athlete recipient, and he was his team’s Top Saint in 2021 and 2022.

Monzon’s records include:
▪ All-time leader in total rebounds with 558
▪ All-time leader in rebounds average at 9.25
▪ All-time leader in defensive rebounds with 432
▪ Third all-time in field goals made with 375

So far this season, Monzon has turned in three double-double games out of four played. He scored 16 points and added nine rebounds against Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 23 points and 13 rebounds (11 on defense) against Texas Wesleyan University, 23 points and 10 rebounds against Oklahoma Panhandle State University and 11 points and 13 rebounds (12 on defense) against Wayland Baptist University. He will lead the team next in an exhibition against NCAA D1 University of the Incarnate Word on Nov. 22. He and the team will play their first home game of the season on Nov. 29 against Dallas Christian College at 7 p.m.