It's always interesting to see the progress of high school prospects who are tagged with "can't miss" label at an early age. Ricardo Gathers knows all about that. The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward at Laplace (La.) Riverside Academy was hit with that tag as an eighth grader.
More seasoned, Gathers has learned that he can't control what others think about him and he's just focused on getting better as he takes his time with the recruiting process.
"It's just a day in and day out process," said Gathers of expectations due to his early ranking. "I have to keep on working hard, learning new things and trying to develop more of a face-up game."
Powerfully built, the 16 year old looks much more like a fifth year defensive end than he does a high school sophomore. Not surprisingly, he's powerful around the rim but he's been working hard to expand his game during practice sessions. But, when game time rolls around, he understands what his strengths are and what his team needs from him.
"I know what's best for my team," said Gathers. "Right now, that is for me to stay in the post. So that's why I stay in there."
Already drawing scholarship offers from high major basketball programs, Gathers says he has to be careful not to get satisfied or lose his humility.
"It's good to know that I'm wanted," said Gathers. "At the same time, you never know what can happen in the future. I could end up hurting myself and all of that stuff can go away fast."
Among the programs working him hardest is Travis Ford's Oklahoma State bunch. Gathers feels already feels comfortable a Cowboys staffer and sees OSU making a run at talent in his home state.
"I think they are really working Louisiana really hard," Gathers told GoPokes.com. "Butch Pierre has been in there really hard. I'm cool with his sons. I've been cool with them for about four or five years."
For now, though, Gathers is no rush. He's just playing his sophomore year and seeing what happens from there.
"I think I'm going to take more time definitely," finished Gathers. "I'm not in any kind of rush right now."