That's exactly what happened with Tahjai Teague over the past year. A wing forward at this time on the 2013 travel circuit, Teague now stands 6-8.
"Yeah, I was 6-5 last year," Teague said with a smile. "I've grown a lot and am just trying to adjust my game."
At last weekend's Adidas Gauntlet event with the Eric Gordon All-Stars program, his adjustments became obvious. The southpaw has a long way to go in terms of adding strength, but already he has learned to use his impressive reach to hit the backboards. He rebounded very solidly at the prior two Adidas events, suggesting that he knows his future may reside in the post.
"I play a lot of power forward and want to play the three, too, but I definitely play a lot of power forward," Teague said. "I don't really care about my position, I just want to play."
Teague projects as a face-up forward for the college level. He slots there best defensively, and the southpaw also wields a capable jump shot with three-point range. He's a pretty good athlete as well and, given that he's still gawky due to the late growth spurt, very easily could become more explosive as he naturally matures.
His recruitment is humming along with a few mid-major suitors, and he hopes to add to his list.
Teague definitely values contact wants to get to know his future coaching staff.
"I want a school who communicates with me the most," he said. "I want to be friendly with the head coach and the whole coaching staff."