It's amazing what a single growth spurt can do for an athlete.
Take a look at Danuel House. Last year, the Sugar Land (TX) Hightower product was - in his own words - a 6-foot-3 post.
But in 2011? Well, that's a whole different story.
"This year, I'm like 6-foot-7," House said. "And I'm out there on the wing dribbling the ball better, shooting and knocking down shots."
In reality, it would be hard to find a member of the Class of 2012 whose star has risen as quickly this summer. Currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, a succession of ultra-impressive performances have him carving out a spot among the nation's elite.
Following the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp earlier this month, Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow raved about his performance:
"House has really stepped his game up this summer, and this weekend was a prime example. With good size, excellent athleticism and the ability to make shots, House was one of the top performers all weekend. He found a way to be impactful on both ends of the floor and never stopped producing. Overall, he was simply excellent."
Scout.com's Evan Daniels, another of the network's national gurus, was similarly effusive in his praise after the Chicago Best Buy Tournament in late May:
"We had heard the rumblings, but didn't expect House to be this good. In fact, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard projects at the very least as a top 40ish type prospect. He's an athletic guard that can score in a variety of ways. His jump shot is a weapon and he's pure from mid-to-long range. He was the top performer of the weekend."
So, yes, at the risk of sounding a little cliched it's safe to say House is blowing up this summer - and his list of suitors is showing the effects. Programs such as Arizona, Baylor, Louisville, Colorado, California, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Texas, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas have all ramped up their interest to one degree or another in recent weeks.
For the Jayhawks, assistant coach Joe Dooley has been the lead recruiter with House since the program first made contact approximately two months ago. The two have spoken on the phone numerous times, and House's early impressions have been favorable.
"He's been great so far," he said, of Dooley.
Should Kansas decide to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer, House indicated they would be one program to garner a serious look.
While it appears a fall decision is at least a possibility, the dramatic change in his recruitment has him stepping back and analyzing things a little more closely.
"It's exciting, but I'm still learning about everything," he said. "So I'm trying to take my time and make sure I make the right decision, and not rush things."
Next up for House is a pair of prestigious Nike Skills Academies - Kevin Durant this weekend, and LeBron James from July 5-8. After that, it's off to Duncanville, Texas for the Great American Shootout as the summer recruiting evaluation period gets underway.
It may be a busy few weeks, but House is ready for it. After watching Thursday night's NBA draft, he's re-affirmed in his belief that it's going to take more than mere talent to achieve his own professional dreams.
"I'm learning from their experience," House said. "So if I work hard, my potential to go higher in the draft is better. Because I know these guys have unbelievable work ethics. They didn't make it to the NBA on talent alone."