``I never lost a fight," said the 6-3, 185-pound Sapp, who fought for about four years until the age of 12. "When I'm on the court now, I feel like I have to fight it out, especially in a tough game. That last jump shot could be the knockout punch."
Sapp has been throwing plenty of those of late – and he's seen him recruitment skyrocket from a mid-major guy with looks from Marshall, Fordham and Hofstra to now, where schools like Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Arkansas have all gotten involved.
``I don't really have a favorite right now because it's all happened so fast," Sapp said. "I still can't believe it. Just last year, I didn't have any letters."
Sapp grew up a somewhat-troubled kid in Harlem and after numerous distractions made it difficult for him to concentrate on basketball and academics, he decided to head a few hours away to National Christian, where his game and books have both excelled over the past year.
Sapp averaged 14 points per game as a junior and has shown that he's a big-time combo guard who can get to the basket, knock down the perimeter shot and also play tough defense.
``I still think I need to drive to the basket more," Sapp said. "And play with more heart. I'm still not where I want to be."
Sapp, 18, was the unknown fourth guard on last summer's Gauchos team that boasted three tournament titles – and a trio of highly touted guards that consisted of Russell Robinson (Kansas), Sundiata Gaines (Georgia) and Ronald Ramon (Pittsburgh).
``Watching all three of them really motivated me to work harder," Sapp said.
``He's been our warrior," Gauchos boss Paul Brown said. "He was under the radar, but he's done it all. He was our fourth guard last year and didn't get a lot of publicity when we won it all, but now he's used to playing in big-time situations and has really stepped up."
In fact, Sapp went to the Nike Memorial Day Classic late last month without an invitation to the Nike All-American Camp. But after leading the tournament in scoring, he returned home with one.
``I knew the only way to get there was to earn it," Sapp said.