However, now his primary sport has become basketball.
Speights transferred from Gibbs High (Fla.) and the public school system to Admiral Farragut prior to this season and was immediately re-classified as a junior due to academic deficiencies while in public school.
Academics aren't the only thing that Speights got a late start on. He didn't begin playing basketball until his sophomore season, two years ago.
``The first couple years weren't that good," Speights admitted. ‘'Basketball is my first love right now, but back then it was my last. I didn't like it because I didn't have anyone to help me."
Despite his lack of understanding for the game, Speights still managed to average 13 points and 9.5 boards per game last season at Gibbs. This year, through seven games and a 7-0 start, Speights is putting up 20 points per game.
``The ceiling is very, very high for him," Farragut coach Michael Wells said. "He's got very good hands and is learning how tp play. His work ethic has gotten better and his self-confidence is growing."
Speights, who turns 18 in August, will spend at least the next year at prep school – most likely Brewster Academy (N.H.) – before he heads to college.
``I want to go in and play minutes," Speights said. "I'd like to play down south if possible."