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Indeed, Ratliff was more than capable of making a name for himself with the Greyhounds as a pole who can inflict fast-break damage on opponents who understandably refuse to slide off potent attackmen Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer.

“He’s just a fun kid to be around,” Toomey said. “You want to be around Scott, and he wants to be around groundballs. We’re fortunate he’s in our program. We thank our lucky stars every day we took a chance with him.”