After big year at East, Huckabay moves on to play at Life Pacific
The Class 4A all-state basketball player recommitted to the NAIA school in San Dimas, California, after originally signing with Southwestern Oregon Community College in May alongside East High teammates Carson Washburn and Moses Miller.
“The point of going to a two-year school is to make your way to a four-year school, so my reasoning was why not go to a four-year school that is also playing seven D1s next year,” Huckabay told me. “And they’re giving me a full ride, so I couldn’t pass it up.”
His decision, however, broke up the three amigos.
“I felt bad,” Huckabay said. “My best friend Carson is going there and I didn’t want to dip out on him, but I had to. Moses was pretty mad too.”
Huckabay averaged 20 points a game as a senior and was named second team all-state at East. As a junior, at 3A Anchorage Christian, he was voted second team all-state.
The 6-foot-2 guard played his best for East in the postseason, when his team needed it most.
He pumped in a career-high 42 points in an 89-59 win over Service in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament. In the first round of the state tournament he poured in 36 points in an 87-55 win over Juneau-Douglas.
“Going from 3A to 4A, there were a lot of doubters [on social media] that said I couldn’t produce at that level, so I worked my butt off all summer to try and prove them wrong. I was in the gym every day,” he said. “I just worked hard and put my mind to it that I could play at any level.”
Now he’s going to the next level.
Early in the recruiting process, Southwestern Oregon Community College the first school to make him an offer. Life Pacific was in the picture before fading. When the Warriors reappeared, he had already signed with the junior college, which eventually released him to allow him to recommit.
“I’m so thankful to SWOCC,” Huckabay said. “They were the first college to pretty much believe in me.”