One name that has been on the radar the past three seasons is JayDee Luster. The 5-foot-9 San Diego (Calif.) Hoover senior it out there, unsigned and willing to listen to anyone who dials his digits.
Why dial him up? Well, Luster has produced during his high school career. Some will write him off because of his size, others may be interested in what he gets done on the court. So far, Luster has 1,634 points to go with 772 assists and 481 steals. According to Ollie Goulston, his high school coach, Luster is attempting to become the 2nd player in U.S. history to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 500 steals. The other person to do it? That would Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets.
Mid-majors, are you writing this down?
"I'm sure some schools have backed off JayDee because of his size, but those that see him in person tend to love him as a player," Goulston said. "JayDee's intangibles are off the chart. He really understands the game, and is very tough, competitive, and a great leader.
"Remember, prior to his arrival at Hoover, the school won only 6 games. Since then, Hoover is 71-27, won 2 league championships, been to 2 San Diego CIF Championships, and won one San Diego CIF Championship. This marked Hoover's first Championship in 44 years, and we went 28-6 last year."
There are interested programs. Creighton conducted a home visit with him. New Mexico State is on the docket for an official visit. Fresno State and Bobby Cremins' College of Charleston program have shown interest. So has St. Louis.
"JayDee has played a ton on the East Coast, so he doesn't really care where he goes. He wants to go to an up-tempo, winning program that believes in him."
Injuries plagued Luster's summer of 2006. A bad ankle sprain and a bone chip in the ankle kept him out of action. He missed the Nike Camp and the NBA Players Association event. For that reason he's gone a little under the radar.