The recruitment of Oswego East's Jordon "Jay" Harris in the past few months was like a snowball rolling down a mountain. It picked up size and speed as it went.
It just may be the tip of the iceberg for the senior who committed to Valparaiso University on Monday.
Harris, who started going by Jay after some papers misspelled his first name when he was promoted to the varsity as a sophomore, will be no flash-in-the-pan Frosty. Like that snowball, this skilled combo guard is only going to get bigger and better.
Think he's good now? Wait until you see him in a couple years.
At 6-foot-1, Harris is rail thin. When he pulled off his Wolves jersey after every game this winter, his ribs were clearly visibly through the skin-tight t-shirt he always wore underneath.
"He eats like there's no tomorrow," said his mom, Mari Johnson-Harris, who works for a non-profit (Opportunity International) in Oak Brook. "That's just the way he's built.
"One thing people always forget, he just turned 17 this past summer. His body has definitely not matured, yet."
Harris won't turn 18 until early August and is very likely not done growing. His father, Tommie, who played a year at Elgin Community College, stands 6-3.
The younger Harris lived in Naperville through the eighth grade -- he would have played at Naperville North -- before moving to Oswego.
"If it's the kind of opportunity you just can't pass up, he'll have to take it," Mari Smith said several weeks ago of possible scholarship offers from schools that are far from home. "I'd be sad to see him go far, but if that's what it takes to fulfill his dreams, we'll make it work."
On Monday night, when he announced his decision to go with Valpo, Harris said it's proximity to home was a factor.
"I'm definitely glad I'll be able to see him play (in person) more," said his mom.
She said basketball has been her son's main focus for a long time.
"He would literally mock what he saw on TV," she said. "He played football in seventh grade for one season and liked it but didn't take take to it enough to continue. He played some T-ball when he was younger but loved playing basketball all year round and started in travel ball when he was in third or fourth grade and played up a level.
"He's definitely a gym rat, by all means. He's always at the park or Y. Friends will call and they're off, playing somewhere."
That dedication has paid off with the college scholarship.
He handles the ball well enough to play the point (3.4 assists) and has a smooth, fluid stroke on his shot which is highlighted by a lightning-quick release that should serve him well in getting it off in college against better defenders.
He can score from outside -- 44 percent this season from beyond the arc. And he can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket and score on a floater or layup, often drawing a foul. At the free throw line, he hit 87 percent.
After drawing some mild interest from recruiters his junior year and during the summer before his senior season, Harris thought he might commit in the fall, giving him "one less thing to worry about," said his mom.
She told him to take his time, that it was probably not the best plan.
She wanted him to find the best fit, look at the bigger picture and make absolutely sure of his choice.
It appears to have been a wise decision.