Knowing he comes from a part of the country that at times doesn't get the respect it deserves for quality basketball players, LaVine had an extra chip on his shoulder going into the NBPA Top 100 Camp to prove he is one of the best prospects in the nation.
"It is hard to get invited to camps like this when you're from the West Coast," said LaVine. "There are a lot of east coast players. But you come out here and try to surprise a lot of people with how good you are and show off your talent."
Currently on the recruiting trail LaVine says UCLA, Louisville, Arizona, Baylor, and Washington are showing the most interest. Also recently Memphis, Tennessee, and Missouri began picking up the attention.
LaVine makes no bones about it, the UCLA Bruins lead for his services. It is a combination of basketball and family that has the Bruins at the top of his list.
"All of my family is out there," LaVine explained. "My god-father, my sister, my aunts, my uncles I go down there every year. Combine that with the history and tradition of UCLA, and that is why they are my leader."
While he has a lot of family in Las Angeles, LaVine currently lives only 30 minutes or so from the Washington campus, and the Huskies have worked hard to build a solid relationship with him.
"Washington is just home to me," LaVine explained. "I have been to a lot of games and I could see myself playing there. Lorenzo Romar is probably one of the coolest people you will ever meet, and I have a good relationship with them."
LaVine's most recent visit was to UCLA in which he was impressed, and he says no others have been set up. However he hopes to make a few trips before he issues his commitment, which is coming up soon.
"I have told all the schools I am going to decide in August," LaVine explained. "It will be a hard decision, but that is when I plan to make it."
Currently LaVine is ranked as the No. 73 player overall and the No. 17 point guard, but don't be surprised if those numbers rise significantly after impressive showings during the spring and early summer.