Khalif Toombs came to the IMG Academy basketball program's post-grad program last year as an undersized and under-recruited point guard.
This year, he's a scholarship player at D-I South Carolina State and getting clutch minutes against some of the nation's top teams.
From the Press of Atlantic City:
At South Carolina State, Toombs has started 10 of 12 games and averages 7.3 points in 23.4 minutes. Toombs, a guard, graduated from Atlantic City in 2008 and spent last season at IMG Academy basketball program, a post-graduate prep school in Bradenton, Fla.
The year there helped him raise his SAT scores as well as his basketball game.
On Dec. 29, South Carolina State was trying to pull off a major upset at Clemson, and it trailed by six in the final minute. Coach Tim Carter drew up a play specifically designed for Toombs, and he responded by drilling a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game. The Bulldogs (7-5 overall, 1-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended up losing by three, but Toombs justified the crunch-time minutes he received.
"I didn't think I was (going to play this much) in the beginning," said Toombs, who is from Sheridan Avenue in Atlantic City's Venice Park neighborhood, "but I knew if I worked hard I could average those minutes."