It's not often an easy decision for a kid to leave home for college. Detroit native Anthony Fields did things even earlier when he elected to leave home to finish his final two years of high school at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy.
So far, the six foot tall point guard thinks the move has worked out.
"Being away from home has really matured me as a person and on the courts as well," Fields told Rivals.com. "I take things a lot more serious. I have always worked hard but I'm a more focused and determined now.
A steady floor general who gets his teammates involved, plays solid defense and scores if needed, Fields has had himself a fine summer playing with D-One Sports. The exposure he's received there and at QEA has led to a pretty nice level of attention as he prepares for his senior year.
With offers already on the table from schools like Rice, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Temple, things have picked up after the first part of the July evaluation period.
"Seton Hall, Arkansas, Penn State, Minesota, Temple, Western Michigan, and Rice have all recently called after the first evaluation period," said Fields. "All the head coaches will be front in center at my games in Las Vegas.
According to Fields, he'd love to make a decision before his senior season starts and location doesn't really matter. His parents will be sure that he picks a place with a good educational program and from there it's just a matter of finding the best fit.
"I want to go somewhere that fits me style of play and where I have a good understanding of how the coaches want to use me," said Fields of picking a school. "High Majors and Mid Majors are recruiting me but at the end of the day playing time and the opportunity to get better will be the key."