Maybe it was uncertainty over whether he wanted to play hoops or football in college. Maybe it wasn't. But whatever the reason, Twymond Howard had been getting the feeling that people had forgotten about him.
Now, coming off of solid showings at the recent NBPA Top 100 and Pangos All-American camps the 6-foot-5 wing from Pearl (Miss.) High is back on the radar.
"I felt good after the camps," Howard told Rivals.com. "I felt I did all that I could and that people remember who I am now."
For those that still don't know, Howard is one of the country's premier wing slashers. A threat in transition, the four-star prospect has great length, good quickness and plays hard.
"I'm not trying to sound cocky but on defense I can lock a guy down and on offense I can really score," says Howard of his game. "I think I really think I need to extend my range and I can be a dominant player. At least that's what most people seem to think."
Coaches relay a similar message when they speak with the nation's 66th ranked player in the class of 2012.
"The majority of them say they can see me coming in and being an impact player on both offense and defense," said Howard. "I think that's cool that they tell me that. They just tell me to extend my range and I could be great."
On the other hand, there's also the question about whether or not football still factors into Howard's future. A division one prospect as a wide receiver, Howard had planned on putting his cleats away for good but his mother is pushing for him to play.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that," said Howard about playing football as a senior. "I was thinking I wasn't going to play but my mom is telling me that she wants me to go ahead and try playing football this year."
Even if he does play football as a senior, Howard wants to hoop in college and he counts Wake Forest, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Baylor among those pursuing him the hardest.
Even with plenty of high level interest already on the table, Howard wants to be sure people know that he has no favorites. He'll play this summer at events like the Adidas Invitational and Super 64 with Mark Rowe.
After the summer, Howard will sit down with his mother and talk about visits and making a decision.
"It's really just me and my mom. My coach talks to me a lot but it's mostly my mom," said Howard of the decision making process. "I'm looking at how they develop players and if they have good academics.
"Going out from home is no big deal for me. I'm just trying to get to the next level and find a good fit."