Right now, Karviar Shepherd is just hungry to get out on the court.
It's understandable, as the 6-foot-9, 210-pound center had to sit out his entire junior season at Arlington (TX) Grace Prep due to transfer rules. The absence caused him to fade from the radar a bit, but he's wasted no time this summer showing college coaches and scouts alike why he's such a highly-regarded prospect.
At the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp, held in California every summer, Shepherd emerged as one of the top prospects. Here's what Scout.com's Evan Daniels had to say about his play:
"You won't find his name listed among the top scorers at Pangos All-American Camp, primarily because his guards rarely threw him the ball. But when he did get a touch, Shepherd usually took advantage of it. His offense has developed. He's learning how to score on the block and even has a face up jump shot from 15 feet. Shepherd finished No. 6 in camp in scoring and will certainly go to the glass and get his fair share of boards."
As he's attended a plethora of camps, Shepherd hasn't spent much time with his AAU squad - but when he has he's been generally pleased with how he's performed.
His play has drawn the attention of programs such as Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Texas, Marquette, Louisville and Syracuse, and while that's an impressive list of suitors the big Texan isn't sweating his recruitment right now.
However, that could change before he begins his senior year.
"Probably at the end of the summer," Shepherd said, when asked when he'd like to make a decision. "But I'm really not even focused on that right now, since I just came back from not playing high school ball. I'm just focused on playing."
"Everybody is the same in my recruitment," he added. "Anybody can come in right now. It's all open."
The Kansas Jayhawks are one program which has been in pursuit of Shepherd as long as any, and last summer he visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus along with teammate and fellow top-tier prospect Jordan Mickey.
Though he doesn't have any leaders, Shepherd did say there was a lot to like about Kansas.
"I like their play style," he said. "They have nice facilities, the coaches are great and the players seem to like the coaches. It's a good school to be at."