Most of the best basketball players make their way to the top by going through older competition in their youth days.
That's a lesson Brandon Rachal has taken to heart.
The 2017 combo guard is already a two-year starter for Natchitoches Central, playing major minutes on the perimeter for a team that's been in the Class 5A state title game each of the last two seasons, winning once and losing once.
Rachal (6-5.5, 205) is again putting it on the line as the younger guy this summer, suiting up for the 17U Elfrid Payton Elite squad on Nike's EYBL circuit.
Through one weekend in Virginia, Rachal has not only survived but thrived, posting robust averages of 11.5 points and seven rebounds as his team went 3-1 against some of the nation's best rising seniors.
In an interview late last week, the big-bodied guard and defensive specialist broke down where he fits in offensively.
"I've been a combo guard at Natchitoches Central," explained Rachal. "I'd start off at the two ... but toward the end of the games, crunch time, we needed somebody to control the pace and keep the ball, don't turn it over, that's when I'd really take over at the one spot. Coach trusted me, my teammates trusted me and I took over that responsibility."
Check out the full video interview with Rachal below for more, including his take on gaining toughness by playing up, how he's treating his recruitment and where LSU fits in as well as what factors he'll consider down the road when making a college decision.
VIDEO: Checking in with Brandon Rachal
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