"It was nice," Adrion Graves said. "There was a lot of competition. It started the first day, real early. You have to be mentally ready for it."
The 6-3, 176-pound Graves is ranked as Ohio's No. 4 senior-to-be by Ohio High magazine. He also cracked the national top 100 list – at No. 100 – according to ScoutHoops.com.
As a junior, Graves averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game, up from 19 points per game as a sophomore.
"That's what I'm looking forward to, staying somewhere close to home," he said.
This Cincinnati kid surprised some by saying that Dayton, 40 miles north of his hometown, may hold the inside track for his services right now.
"Dayton would probably be number one," he said. "I just like the facility and the coaches.
"UC is right across the street from my high school. I have liked UC since the Kenyon Martin days.
"Xavier is starting young with a whole new class."
As a junior, Graves led Hughes to a 12-9 mark. But the sky could be the limit this year as 6-8 power forward Yancey Gates is the state's top sophomore-to-be and 6-6 junior forward Christian Siakam, a native of Cameroon, figures to be eligible after sitting out last year.
"We are going up-state this year," Graves predicted. "It should be real sweet this year. We're young, but we can still do it. We should have one of our leading players, Christian, in there. That's all I'm worried about. And we have Yancey as well. But Christian, that was the only reason I stayed there."
Graves planned to wrap up July playing with the Queen City Prophets AAU team in tournaments in West Virginia, Florida and Las Vegas.