Kyron Cartwright can work on ball handling. The point guard can spend extra time on the court perfecting his shot. In the end, it's something out of his control keeping him from scholarship offers.
Cartwright is listed at 5-foot-11, 160-pounds, which might be generous. Some scouts dismiss him on that alone.
"It puts a chip on my shoulder," Cartwright said. "I always try to play harder to show that I can compete with anybody. It makes me go harder."
Cartwright is slighter in build than his brother, Bryce, who played at Iowa.
"I need to show that I can compete with bigger players," Kyron said. "I'm on the smaller side for point guards in college. I just need to show that I can compete on that level."
Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery saw Kyron play at an AAU event in Los Angeles last month. He sat with Bryce.
Iowa's interest in the younger Cartwright is in the preliminary phase. The coaches have not yet spoken about recruiting with Kyron, who does know the Hawkeye staff after visiting the school several times while Bryce was there.
Scout.com ranks Kyron Cartwright as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.
"A quick lefty with range to the stripe, excellent vision and very good ball skills overall, Cartwright is perhaps the most under-recruited prospect in the West Coast junior class," Scout.com Analyst Greg Hicks wrote in late February.
Kyron plays at Compton High and with Team Compton Elite for AAU.
"I can score and also get my teammates involved and get them going," Kyron said of his style.
Bryce was a scoring point guard at Iowa. He started as a Fresno State freshmen before transferring to Paris (TX) Junior College for his sophomore season. He didn't feel comfortable at the California school.
"He just tells me to think hard about the process," Kyron said of his brother's advice. "He tells me to take my time with my decision."
Kyron said he wants to commit to a school before his senior season or at its end. He doesn't want to deal with recruiting during his final prep campaign. He's considering a major in marine biology.