PICKERING,ON–Most of you may not know about Westwind Prep’s 6’6, 205 pound wing, hailing from Pickering, Ontario… although you should. Damion Rashford, initially scheduled to come out in 2013, has recently committed to attending Loyola (Maryland) to pursue his NCAA career starting in the 2012-2013 season.
After a strong AAU season last summer with Triple Balance, Rashford picked up his first offer, yet remained under the radar.
“Loyola initially offered me for 2013, but I developed a good relationship with the coaches there and I felt it would be a good fit to commit this year,” Rashford told NPH.
Left Coast Recruiting describes him as “The potential high major nobody knows about,” and if this holds true, Loyola just got themselves a steal!
Shane James, Rashford’s AAU coach (Triple Balance) and former Loyola Greyhound says the 6’6 shooting guard will have an opportunity to play a considerable role for the team right from the jump.
“He is a silent assassin…he does everything…he will play, no one will notice but by the end of the game, he will stuff the stat sheet,” explained James.
Rashford averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals per contest this past season for West Wind Prep.
As for Loyola, the team is coming off a successful season, compiling a record of 24-9 overall, and 13-5 MAAC record, good for second in the conference.
After asking Rashford about the lack of buzz in his senior year, he expressed that it’s nothing new when it came to his basketball career.
“I feel I’ve always been underrated, so I always use that as extra fuel and motivation to get better everyday and prove myself on the court,” he explained.
Prior to attending West Wind, he played three years of high school in Canada for Pickering High, along side Illinois State commit Kaza Keane and currently #10-ranked 2013 Canadian prospect Mikyle McIntosh.
Rashford will enter his freshman year in September where he will be taking business, while getting right to business.
“I’m going to go in, work hard and earn my minutes. I will score, rebound and defend…anything the coach asks of me.”
Amen to that.