Anthony Jones had visions of going to the state playoffs and he and his Houston (Texas) Yates team were doing the things necessary to do just that. Then their season came to an abrupt halt.
The governing body of Texas's high school sports declared one of Jones's seldom used senior teammates ineligible and ended the year at 26-8 and three games into post-season play.
"We probably could have gone to state," Jones said. "Not being able to play for it is really heart breaking. I guess that will just fuel me for next year."
Now the No. 60 ranked player in the class of 2008 is gearing up for another go round with the always talented Houston Hoops AAU club.
"I want to make the All-American game next year. That's my motivation. I know I have to improve, mostly just get stronger," Jones said. "If I can do that, everything else will come into place."
After all, Jones said he hasn't seen too many changes to his recruitment.
"It's the same old stuff," he said.
The four-star big man counts Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Baylor as his offers and admits the home state Longhorns are the team to beat.
"I've watched them a lot this year and noticed how they let Kevin Durant do a lot of things. They say I could be the same kind of player. They basically told me what I wanted to hear."
Even with the Longhorns sitting pretty right now, Jones said he isn't in a rush to commit to the Big 12 school or anyone for that matter just yet.
"I really want to see how it all rides out," Jones said. "Before I commit, I want to see where I'll be able to play the most as a freshman. So that I is why I wanted to keep all of my options open to other schools."