Lucas Hargrove has a message for anyone that will listen. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound versatile wing from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., has big things in mind for his final season in high school. He's aiming for a title and has three official visits mixed into his plans.
"Last year we were a good team but we didn't play as a team," Hargrove said of his Richland Northeast squad.
"So this year, I'm confident enough to say it - we are winning state. Talent wise we are about the same as we were last year but I think the difference this year is chemistry. We have a good nucleus and I think we are going to do some big things."
The versatile prospect knows that if Richland Northeast goes deep into the playoffs, he will need to be a major contributor to the team's success.
"My confidence is higher but i think it needs to be because I know I'll be seeing a lot of double teams. My leadership role has to be bigger, too," Hargrove said. "I could come out there and score 100 points if my team needed me to or I'll grab as many rebounds as we need. I'll do whatever has got to get done in order to win."
After a good ending on the AAU circuit with the S.C. Ravens, Hargrove has watched his recruitment take form.
Hargrove has a trio of visits planned: Auburn on Oct. 1, Nevada on Sept. 23 and Tennessee State this weekend (Sept. 2). He said each of the schools have offered and Winthrop has put on offer on the table as well. Hargrove also said that he's hearing from Georgia, Jacksonville and South Carolina.
"There is no clear school leading right now but I'd like to sign in November," Hargrove said. "I'd like to get it over with."