A little more than 12 months ago, Khalif Toombs traveled from New Jersey to the IMG Academy basketball program in Bradenton, Fla., for a year of post-grad improvement.
He arrived at the Academy with a fierce determination to play in college, but needed some on-court refinement needed for a 5-foot-8 point guard to play D-1 basketball.
His decision to spend that year after high school graduation has now paid off with Toombs signed to play at D-1 South Carolina State University starting this fall.
"It feels good," Toombs said. "A lot of people doubted me, so it feels good to prove a lot of people wrong. I think it went really well at the Academy. I improved my game a lot."
Coach Dan Barto, the IMG Academy basketball program national post-grad program coordinator, saw the improvement first hand.
"Khalif proved time and time again that no challenge was too big," Barto said. "Coaches really fell in love with Khalif's speed and court awareness early this spring thanks to the post-grad team's impressive showings at events in Pittsburgh and Providence."
Toombs' signing places him in a long and successful list of point guards who improved their stock by attending the Academy during the post-grad year like: Taurean Green (Florida), Ramel Bradley (Kentucky), Cory Higgins (Colorado),Nick Weiermiller (Texas Pan Am), Jon Brick (Citadel), Trae Goldston (Georgia State), Beloved Rogers (Oral Roberts), and Bakari Lewis (UMKC).