If you want to see a perfect example of someone who believed that hard work and talent would shine through, look no further than the newest Arizona State Sun Devil Dominic Green.
Heading into July, Green was a relatively little known 6-foot-6 wing from Renton (Wash.) Hazen High. At the Adidas Super 64, the three-star prospect put himself not only into contention for the 2015 Rivals150 but in line for high-major scholarship offers.
After a getting to know you period, Green decided an offer from Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils was simply too good to pass up.
"I really like coach Stan (Johnson) and coach Sendek," Green told Rivals.com. "I like what they are about with their program and I like the way they play and that weighed in a lot on my decision.
"They are about hard work and from what I researched on their program I liked everything and my dad learned a lot about the school and liked it and so did my whole family."
A lean athlete with a long wingspan, Green emerged as a high level jump shooter late in the summer. He sees his strengths fitting right in with ASU's style of play.
"They want me to play the two and the three," said Green. "They shoot a lot of threes and do some driving and that's what I'm best at."
More than anything, the way things unfolded for Green is proof that hard work gets rewarded as he fought for and earned time with his summer squad the Avery Bradley Northwest Panthers. That time led to him landing at Arizona State.
"I didn't think it would happen like this," said Green. "At first I wasn't playing as much as I thought I should. Then I got the chance and made good on the opportunity that I had. I thought I would be playing low to mid major and didn't think I would be playing in the Pac 12 before July.
"I went out and earned it by playing hard and doing what I do."