Last season, as a sophomore, 6-foot-3 point guard Eric Hayes of Potomac High did just that. Then, he ran with Boo Williams and finished 3rd at the AAU National Championship in Orlando. All in all, it's been a pretty successful stretch for the 2006 point man.
Now, according to his father and high school coach Kendall Hayes, he's already got four offers. Richmond, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Miami have laid of scholarship offers. Others are interested.
Georgetown would like to recruit him. So would the Terps. "Maryland is going to recruit him and so is N.C. State," Kendall Hayes said. "Carolina is inquiring a lot about him and so is Wake Forest. Boston College and Clemson have called in the last two days."
Hayes and his father are visiting Georgetown on Labor Day. They'll trip unofficially to West Virginia the weekend of Sept. 18. "Other than that, we've got other schools trying to get us there for an unofficial visit."
A true point guard with size, smarts and a knack for winning, Hayes will have his pick of colleges in the coming months. Still, the son of a coach will make an educated decision.
"I think the style of play is important to him. It'll probably be a combination of running and using basketball smarts, things that highlight his game. Breaknut up and down one on one stuff is not something he's interested in.
"When decision making is a real big part of an offense, that certainly helps him and highlights things that he does well as a player. He wants to be able to play and make an impact. He wants to play with guys that are similar to him in terms of being unselfish and winning is first."
Look for Hayes to stay relatively close within striking distance of his current residence. That probably means at a big time program somewhere on the East Coast.