Ruffin Stays Grounded in the Classroom While Keeping Hoop Dreams Alive

April 01, 2016

Jarrett Ruffin ’16, senior computer science major of Northfield, Ohio, recently hung up his number 24 basketball jersey for the last time for the Purple Raiders, but he is not looking to stop there.Jarrett Ruffin Computer Science Major

As a young man, Jarrett was a three-year letter winner and All-Ohio special mention for coach Matt Cash at Nordonia High School. Basketball played a large role in his decision to become a Purple Raider.

“I picked Mount Union for a couple reasons,” Ruffin said. “It was close to home, so my family and friends could come and watch me play. I liked the campus because it was small enough so I could walk to all my classes. The head coach, Mike Fuline, had preached about a family like atmosphere which hit home for me.”

“I went from a program in high school that was not known for having the best basketball team in the area and my senior class built up our reputation as a basketball school.”

He went on to say he wanted to do the same thing at Mount Union. He was told that the basketball program did not have the same success as some of the other programs.

“I did not want winning to just be handed to me,” he said. “I wanted to work for it with the people I now call family and put Mount Union basketball back on the map.”

He takes that same attitude he has on the court with him to the classroom. This mentality has proved to be successful for him as he thrives in all of his courses. He has taken the knowledge and skills learned from his time playing basketball and has incorporated them into his academics.

Most seniors are asked the question, “Do you know what you want to do yet?” and most responses are “No, I have no idea.” Not for Ruffin. His plans are to head overseas to play basketball professionally. He has spoken with basketball agents and is arranging to try out for some of the teams in Europe. 

Ruffin was named as a member of the All-OAC First Team in 2016, 2016 All-Great Lakes Region Team and Second Team All-District from NABC. He is also one of 28 players in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Also, with his diligence in the classroom, Ruffin has also positioned himself to have a flexible career path that can help him be successful for life after basketball anywhere across the world.

“I am confident enough to know that even if I do not get a chance to play overseas, my degree from Mount Union will get me a job that I want.”

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