Switching AAU teams mid-season isn't easy.
There are new players, new playing styles to adjust to. Heck, even new uniforms. And last weekend in Indianapolis, that's the situation in which Brannen Greene found himself.
With the squad with which he had been playing - the Florida Rams - one of a handful of AAU programs barred from NCAA certified events in July due to the contact of program administrators with an agent, Greene relocated closer to home and joined the Atlanta Celtics.
There were some bumps in the road as he learned to gel with his new teammates, Greene said, but by the end of the Adidas Invitational things were beginning to smooth themselves out.
"I feel like I played alright," he explained. "I struggled at times with my rhythm just because it's a new team, just because our chemistry was off. Off the court we get along fine, but on the court we struggled with how I got the ball and how I wanted it, and also how they got the ball and they wanted it."
The month of July is all-important for those prospects who haven't selected a school or are still on the hunt for offers. With coaches populating the sidelines at events, it is perhaps their best chance to showcase their abilities and cement for themselves a collegiate future in the sport.
Greene's situation, however, is a little different. He's already decided on attending the University of Kansas, which relieves him of a great deal of stress.
So what does July mean to him? It means the chance to continue to measure and improve his game against the best competition available. It means the chance to continue to prove that he can play with maximum effort game after game.
"I know what school I'm going to," Greene said. "It's the school I want to go to. A lot of the pressure is off. They already believe in me and I believe in them, I'm just out there playing hard."
Last weekend, the Kansas coaches were a constant presence at his games, and he relished the opportunity to play in front of his future coaches.
"Coach Self is always there for the first few games, along with Coach Dooley and Coach Townsend or somebody else," Greene said. "Someone is always at the games. I like it."