Tad Boyle is good for two things in every recruiting class. He will get the best player in Colorado to stay home and play Colorado Basketball. He will also get a tall combo guard, preferably lefty, that plays smart and gets to the rack. This year, that player is Javon Ruffin.
Javon Ruffin is coming to Colorado by way of New Orleans by way of 100 other cities. His father, Michael Ruffin, is a Colorado native, but a career in the NBA meant that Javon got to see a lot of places growing up. He played for Isidore Newman last year, but he is transferring to Phoenix Prep, in Phoenix obviously, to finish out his high school career. He had an offer from Cal, and plenty of interest from Stanford and Creighton, before seeing the light and choosing to spend his college years in Boulder.
Ruffin is 6’5 and around 200 pounds. His frame is already at a Pac-12 level. While he can be the primary ball-handler, he doesn’t need to run point to be successful. He continues a common theme with the 2021 Colorado recruiting class - he can shoot the hell out of the ball:
He is always in control, directs the traffic, and plays heads-up defense. He is not an explosive leaper, another trend with this class, but he is plenty athletic and coordinated. Ruffin is a smart basketball player with a big frame that plays in control. He and Hammond are a fun backcourt duo that can both handle, shoot, and defend.
Congratulations to PHHoenix Prep Fire 2021 G Javon Ruffin on His Commitment to @CUBuffsMBB— PHH PREP (@PhhPrep) September 19, 2020
Ruffin Becomes The Fourth Player in the Class of 2021 to Commit & 5th Fire Player Total
The Buffs are Getting a Big Time Talent & a Unbelievable Young Man!
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