"I used to look at the rankings," Space told Scout.com. "I had a chip on my shoulder. So I just tried to prove myself."
After being under the radar for majority of his high school career, Space, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound versatile forward, broke out with an impressive performance at the adidas Invitational early in the month.
"I think it went pretty well," he said of July. "I got to showcase my game a little bit to those that thought I was one-dimensional. During school ball I posted up but this summer is showcased my outside talent and perimeter game."
"I see myself as a very multidimensional guy," he added. "Somebody that can bring it out and create, but can also get inside and score."
Space, who averaged 17 points and eight rebounds as a junior, made his first appearance in Scout.com's top 100 after July, checking in at No. 76 overall and as the No. 17 small forward.
Not only did he improve his ranking, but also more importantly college coaches began taking notice. After receiving interest from a host of schools, Space recently settled on a top five of Arkansas, Maryland, Florida, Gonzaga and Missouri.
"It's been a major surprise how its been going," he said about his recruitment. "I had a couple of offers, but I've narrowed it down to my top five now."
"I plan on taking a couple of visits," Space added. "I'm taking a visit to Arkansas on September 3rd. I haven't set up any other dates yet. I'm looking forward to that visit."
Space, who is planning to take a few other official visits, said the first practice of his senior year at DeSoto (Tex.) High starts on October 31st and he's hoping to have his college decision out of the way by then.