Meet Ruthie Bolton


Ruthie knows a thing or two about women’s basketball. She is considered one of the best women's basketball players of all time and her resume bears that out.

Bolton was a member of the gold-winning Olympic women’s basketball teams in 1996 and 2000, and she had an extensive WNBA career. She played for the Sacramento Monarchs from 1997 to 2004 and had her number retired after her pro career ended.

She played college hoops at Auburn, and led the Tigers to consecutive Final Four appearances in 1988 and 1989. While Ruthie was at Auburn, the Tigers amassed an impressive record of 119-13. Bolton holds Auburn records for steals in a game (10) and games started in a season (35).  She’s fifth all-time in assists (526) and 21st on the Auburn all-time scoring list with 1,176.

She became a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bolton is equally accomplished off of the court. She served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was a national spokesperson for the WNBA’s Play Fit/Stay Fit youth development program. She has released a gospel CD and is currently working on her autobiography.

Bolton knows basketball and she’s motivated to spread that knowledge to basketball recruits of all ages.

"People miss out on great opportunities by the way they respond to things and they miss out,” explains Bolton. “My dad used to say, 'life is 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it,' and that is so true. Your character reveals itself through the hard things you go through. How you deal with those adversities is the makeup of who you really are."


Former WNBA player and U.S. Olympian Ruthie Bolton and head scouting coordinator Mandy Enyia recap the five things you need to know about girls basketball recruiting.

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