Even though he's only a junior in high school, it sometimes seems that Dwayne Polee is a bit of a forgotten man. Having committed to USC before his high school career even began, the 6-foot-6 forward has been doing plenty of damage while helping to lead Westchester to a 31-2 record and a top five national ranking as they work their way through California's state playoffs.
Secure in his decision to play for the Trojans, Polee does admit that he wonders what it might have been like to get recruited a bit more by other programs.
"I think I miss being recruited a little bit," said Polee of his early decision. "But, I'm happy that I'm committed to SC so it's alright though."
An elite level athlete, the slender junior has long been known for his highlight reel dunks. He's long, runs the floor well and can impact the game on both ends thanks to his ability to close out and block shots. Polee also thinks that there's much more to his game than many have given him credit for.
"I think I can be a distributor instead of just a scorer," says Polee of his game. "I think that my passing is underrated and I hope people will see that I can help there."
Of course, he also knows that there's still plenty that he needs to work on before he gets to college because he'll be less able to rely on his athleticism.
"I've got to get my ball handling ready for the next level," Polee told SCPlaybook.com. "There are a lot of great athletes in college and I'll have to improve my all around game."
Finally, with the rest of his junior year and a senior year ahead of him before he arrives on campus, Polee is making sure to stay in touch with his future coaches and teammates. He sees the Trojans program headed in the right direction and is looking forward to combining with classmate Gary Franklin to try and win some titles.
"I see myself fitting in real well. I talk to coach Floyd whenever I can," said Polee. "The program is going to be really good with me and guys like Gary Franklin coming in along with everybody else that's there. We are going to try and win the Pac-10."