The majority of the top performers at the City of Palms are the elite, committed seniors. That's expected. So when a guy like Marshall Moses, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound uncommitted junior from Robert Glenn (N.C.) High School, makes a splash people take notice.
Since moving to North Carolina from Aiken (S.C.) High School, Moses's transformation into a high-major kid hasn't necessarily been on the hardwood.
"Academically, it's been a whole lot better. My last report card I had four straight B's," Moses said. "I didn't make grades like that before. Basketball-wise, it's been a lot better. We have a great team and I'm playing with (Eric Wallace). It's a whole lot easier with him. There's no double teams, just one-on-one for me."
Moses has taken advantage of those opportunities. Always a difficult player to defend from the elbows, Moses keeps defenses honest because he does so much damage from there. He can knock down the face up jumper but does an even better job of putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim.
"Watching guys like Brandan Wright, Lance Stephenson and playing with Eric does it," Moses said. "Watching those kinds of guys make you want to be better. I know I have the potential of being like that too. The only thing is working on it. If I don't make it, it's my fault because I have everything around me to make me be a better player."
Make no mistake, Moses is putting in the work - on the floor and in the classroom. So it comes as no surprise that he has a trio of schools hot after his trail.
Moses, the No. 57 ranked player in the class of 2007, said Virginia Tech, Florida and Marquette have been the most aggressive schools recruiting him up to this point. What separates this trio?
"Just how hard they recruit," Moses said. "Schools like Kansas or Kentucky will call once a week but I talk to (Marquette assistant coach Jean) Prioleau and (Florida assistant Donnie) coach Jones texts me everyday. We all stay in touch."
Florida and Marquette have been in to see Moses at Glenn while North Carolina and Wake Forest have also been by to see Wallace play this season. Virginia Tech head man Seth Greenberg was on the baseline at the City of Palms on Monday to get a look at Moses.
With so many juniors making early commitments, Moses said he doesn't have any plans to jump onto a school any time soon.
"I thought about it but a lot of those guys have taken visits to those schools and committed after that," Moses said. "But I haven't had the chance especially since I've made the transition to North Carolina and my schoolwork. After I take a look at some of those schools, I may do something before my senior year. That's actually what I want to do. I'd like to do it before I'm a senior."