Basketball

Two Division-I transfers to join the Lumberjacks

Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics

A pair of Division-I transfers will join the Cal Poly Humboldt men’s basketball team for the upcoming season, the Jacks announced on Thursday.

Ian Krishnan will transfer to Humboldt from Central Connecticut State and Marlon Ruffin comes to Arcata from Portland State.

“We welcome the addition of Ian to the North Coast,” Jacks head coach Tae Norwood said of Krishnan, a 6-foot-2 guard. “Ian is an unquestioned talent who is wired to score. Ian has a knack for scoring the basketball efficiently.” 

The Gaithersburg, Maryland, native averaged 10.8 points per game last season as a junior, while shooting 38.9 percent from 3-point land in conference games. 

“Ian will provide veteran leadership and depth to our backcourt,” added Norwood. “His high motor, toughness, and competitive spirit fits well in our preferred up-tempo style.”

Ruffin, meanwhile, is a 6-5 guard who averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this past season at Portland State. 

He led the Vikings in scoring in four games including recording 17 double-figure scoring games. 

“We are excited to welcome Marlon to Lumberjack Nation,” Norwood said. “Marlon plays with an aggressive and attacking style on both ends of the court. His combination of size, experience, and versatility will allow us to utilize him at multiple positions.”

Prior to Portland State, Ruffin played two seasons at the University of Omaha where he averaged 13.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game during the 2020-21 season. 

“Marlon’s IQ, relentless motor, and toughness fits well within the culture and philosophy of Lumberjack Basketball,” Norwood said. “It’s our hope that his experience and efficient production continues as he dons the green and gold.”

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