During his high school basketball season, there was one particular game in mid-January that stood out for 2013 Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn guard Leo Svete.
Svete will visit Penn State next weekend.
A big dunk, nice crossover, or large scoring output all could be a springboard to high majors to come calling. For Svete, it was when he scored 39 points against Washington (Ind.) in a losing effort, where the 6-foot-5 guard accounted for all but 10 of his team’s points.
Kansas head coach Bill Self called soon after, and the high majors have been showing more interest ever since. Whether by mail or over the phone, Svete says Penn State, LSU, Georgetown, Florida, Florida State, and Wisconsin have been in touch recently, while Drake, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, and Evansville have all offered.
“I see the floor pretty well, I can take what the defense gives me and go from there,” the junior said of his own game. “If they back up and give me room I'm going to shoot the three, but if they’re up on me tight I can drive. I also like to get to the elbow on the mid-range and get some points from there.”
Before his AAU season starts – he will play with the Eric Gordon All Stars – Svete was recently selected by the U.S. Elite team to represent his country next month in Italy for the U19 Junior International Tournament.
“Playing in Milan, the U.S. team won gold last year,” said an excited Svete. “It is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club so you’ve got to be a good player on and off the court to be selected. I'm very excited about the opportunity to represent the U.S., I can’t wait to get over there.”
Soon after that 39-point game was when Penn State came in the recruiting picture, and assistant Brian Daly has kept in regular contact from there.
“Ever since the first time he contacted me we have been building a good relationship,” explained the 185-pound guard. “Coach Daly really likes my size, he told me they really want guys from my class who can score, and they really like how I am 6-foot-5 and can play the point.
“He e-mails me almost every day, and we talk on the phone a couple of times a week. I'm still in the process of planning a visit to get out there, in addition to scheduling other visits.”
Svete will be visiting State College next weekend.
Though he has a busy few weeks ahead of him, Svete will be using the April live period to display his improved game to college coaches across the country, hoping to repeat the dazzling performance that put him on the map to begin with.
“There are so many aspects of my game that I am more confident in now that when the coaches see me during AAU I think they’re going to like what they see.”