Posted On: 01/5/22 7:38 PM

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Classic at Damien: Underclassmen Sleepers (Part 1)

LA VERNE, CA—Despite a surge of Covid over the Southland, the Classic at Damien persevered with some outstanding games and talent galore—especially the underclassmen. There were some senior standouts like Colorado State-bound Jack Payne (Owyhee/ID) and Fresno State-bound Joseph Hunter Joseph Hunter 6'3" | PG San Joaquin Memorial | 2022 #80 Nation (Damien) as well as some scintillating underclassmen like 2024 Vyctorius Miller (Crean Lutheran) and 2025 Jovani Ruff (LB Poly). 

Ethan McCloskey (San Gabriel Academy)

2023, CG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds

Joel’s Take: McCloskey was an All-Tournament Selection and rightfully so. He is combo-guard who plays with a ton of moxie at both ends. He can drain the 3-point shot and he gets nice lift on his shot. His release looks tight and it’s quick. He can deliver the pass ahead and his head is always up. 

Deacon Toliver (Los Osos)

2023, PF, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds

Joel’s Take: Toliver has that prototypical frame with long arms and he’s a quality athlete. He did a nice job guarding up-and-coming junior Isaiah Sherrard. With his length he can get into the passing lanes and he shows solid

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