This weekend at Pangos Sweet 16 was a perfect example why.
Cartwright, a FOX Sports NEXT four-star recruit, started Pangos Sweet 16 tournament with his AAU Rockfish team a bit slow. His shots weren't falling, but his passes were on point as he picked apart opponents defenses and then turned the table stripping balls.
By the end of the tournament, the 6-foot-2 165-pound point guard's passes were mostly tallied as assists, his shots all falling, and his defense was causing major disruption. Since recovering from pneumonia in June, Cartwright's game looked to be the best it's been this summer.
A crowd of coaches gathered around his court all weekend. Some programs visibly standing out to others, but to Cartwright, he says he's really just taking it all in.
"I've felt very fortunate to have had so many great schools get involved with my recruitment and I have developed great relationships with so many coaching staffs," Cartwright told FOX Sports NEXT at the tournament. "It's going to be a tough decision for me."
At this point in the process, Cartwright doesn't like naming schools and favorites. But it was hard to miss the lineup of coaches watching him, including USC, Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and San Diego, amongst others.
"In terms of a leader there are a handful of teams that my family and I feel very comfortable with," he said. "I am looking for a school with great academics, a great basketball program plus that I believe is a good fit for me."
Cartwright, a Los Angeles native, comes from a house-divided. His mother, father, and aunt all attending UCLA while grandmother, grandfather, and uncle all are USC alums.
Cartwright says the Bruins have only contacted him once, while the Trojans have been a constant since the new staff took over.
"I took a visit [to USC] on June 10 and I liked it," Cartwright said. "Coach [Andy] Enfield is great. I have a great relationship with coach [Jason] Hart, great guy."
With his family in tow, Cartwright toured the campus and sat down with Enfield to discuss the "specifics and basics" of the USC program.
USC has yet to offer.
While he was able to talk about the local schools, Cartwright remains steadfast he isn't ready to talk leaders until the July evaluation period is over. He says he'll then take a look at his list of offers and narrow it down.
Among the two who seem to be great candidates to make Cartwright's cut? I expect Stanford and Harvard.