As a member of Houston Hoops, J-Mychal Reese was a part of arguably the most talented backcourt on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2011.
In addition to his own considerable abilities, Hoops also featured L.J. Rose and Rasheed Sulaimon - making them a tough match-up for just about any opponent. And while they didn't always play to their potential, Reese said, all-in-all it was a good summer on the hardwood.
"We had a lot of talent on our team, and at times we didn't play as good as we could have," the 6-foot, 165-pound point guard from Bryan (TX) High said. "But overall it was real fun, and I really liked playing with our team."
Ranked as one of the top five point guards in the Class of 2012, Reese felt his final AAU season was productive individually as well.
"I feel like I played pretty good," the four-star prospect said. "I really showed some people that I got better. Getting to the rim, finishing more in the paint, talking more and being more aggressive."
With the summer now behind him, discussion where Reese is concerned has inevitably turned to his recruitment. Speculation swirled for weeks around the status of his father, Bryan High head coach John Reese, who reportedly had job offers on the table from a handful of Division One programs, including home-state Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
With his father announcing his intention to stay at the prep level for the coming year, talk has once again returned to topics such as official visits and decision dates.As to the former, Reese knows he's going to be visiting a trio of schools in the near future.
"I know for sure I'm visiting Kansas, Louisville and Oregon," he said. "I haven't talked to the coaches (to set anything up officially). They haven't given me a specific date yet, but I know I'm visiting."
Though he currently only has plans to visit those three, his list of suitors is considerably more lengthy. However, there are five programs whom Reese said are standing out a little bit more at the moment, for the personal attention shown them by their head coaches - Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech.
No official date exists for a decision, however, as Reese is currently focused more on finding the right fit.
"I thought about it, but I just want to get my visits done first and probably just go from there," he explained. "And I don't want to decide too early. I just want to feel comfortable with my decision when I make it."