Ivan Rabb was in South American, playing for the U-16 USA Basketball team, in June when college coaches could contact him for the first time.
So, Rabb didn't get the first onslaught of text messages.
But the 6-foot-10, 210-pound Rabb made up for it when his flight landed in Houston., turning on his phone and saying it "blew up."
"I turned my phone on and it went off," Rabb said.
Among the first schools to text were Texas, California, Louisville, Creighton, Arizona, North Carolina and Duke, noting it "felt really good."
"Now, my phone is ringing a lot," he said.
Rabb now has more than 15 offers, including one from Louisville recently, and there's probably more to come after his sensational play in July. He was among the top 10 on the Nike EYBL circuit in scoring and rebounding for the Oakland Soldiers with averages of 12.9 points and 11.2 rebounds a game.
Rabb said he showed a lot of improvement this summer, including in some of his ballhandling skills.
"I know I can bring the ball up the court, this summer I've had the confidence to do it," Rabb said. "Now, I just play and don't worry about turning it over.
"I know I can be an all-around player, I just have to do it."
But that's not all of the improvement Rabb has shown. He's become an all-around player and should challenge for the No. 1 spot in the class.
"I have improved my jump shot a lot, my form is a lot better," Rabb said. "Now, I just need to get stronger. I am tired of people taking me the basket. I am stronger than I was before, I just need to keep getting stronger."
With so many schools showing interest, Rabb said the plan is to sit down with his coach and family sometime this month to talk about it.
"They tell me what coaches call and I tell them who called me and we just sit down and talk about it," Rabb said. "They want me to start narrowing down my list pretty soon. They don't want it to be too much chaos."
Rabb said he would narrow his list soon and "that's going to be hard, but you can't have them all on your list." He said it could be eight or 10.
Louisville is a school that has shown a lot of interest and does have a shot to be on his final list of schools heading into this season.
"I know a lot about Louisville," Rabb said. "I have watched them a few times the past couple of years and they have a really good coaching staff.
"They have players who know how to carry themselves. I like that about them. When the situation came up and (Kevin Ware) broke his leg, they didn't fall apart. They came together as a team and I really liked seeing that."