One of them was Damien Leonard, a sweet-shooting 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing out of J.L. Mann high school in South Carolina.
Leonard, who has drawn comparisons to another smooth wing out of the state years ago, Ray Allen, has big-time range and has become a highly sought-after recruit following a stint with the Florida Rams in July.
But he was out to show people that considered him a one-dimensional perimeter shooter that they were incorrect in their assessment.
``That really motivated me," Leonard said. ``I wanted to show people I could do more than just shoot the ball."
``He's gotten a lot stronger and has been working on getting to the hole," said mentor Willis Holliday. ``He's also shown that he can handle the ball. They have him playing a lot of point guard."
Leonard is averaging 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists this season and has attracted plenty of attention from high-major schools.
``There's no leader," said Leonard, who was supposed to go on an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend before weather forced him to cancel. ``I'd like to make a decision after this summer."