In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops is ranking the top 30 boys. Each day we’ll feature an amazing player in our county and count down until we get to #1. So join us daily as we honor the best of the best.
Damien Toney, senior, Ferndale
WHY HE’S #26: The only returning starter from last year’s remarkable Ferndale state squad, Toney was the Golden Eagles’ main inside presence. Despite playing through injuries, the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and even 1.1 assists per game. In addition, he was a positive influence in the locker room and on the court for an inexperienced Ferndale team.
COACH JASON OWENS: “Damien is an amazingly fun young man who always competed and brought joy to our locker room. He battled injuries all year that kept him from being the dynamic player he wanted to be and could have been. He is the guy that our other players looked up to and was always picking up and encouraging his teammates. He will be successful in whatever sport he decides to pursue at the next level whether it be football or basketball because of his team-first mind set. He will be missed at FHS hoops.”
Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30
#29: Lane Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#30: Trey Smiley, Lynden
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Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.