Recruit X: Perks of being hometown star

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an elite high school basketball player? To be the object of affection for the country’s top-tier college programs? To be bombarded after games by autograph seekers and grant interviews several times a week to recruiting analysts who are dying to know what school you’re leaning toward?

What is that world really like?

ESPNHS has summoned the help of a highly rated recruit and granted him anonymity in order to bring you a raw and real account of just what goes on in their lives that doesn’t make the press clippings.

As told to Jason Jordan.

What's good, y'all.

You already know by now it’s Recruit X, and this time I want to talk about all of the perks that we, as star players, get.

I know a lot of people out there already believe that we’re treated a little better than the regular students, so that’s nothing new. All I’m gonna do is talk about exactly what we get.

People think they know things, but all they’re really doing is guessing. Most of the things people think we get are a little over the top.

I’ll say this, though; sometimes I am shocked at how nice people are to me just because I am good at basketball. I mean I’m a nice guy, too, but I know most of it is because I’m a good basketball player.

I remember one time I went to the store to get groceries, and the clerk didn’t make me pay for any of it. It was a good amount of groceries, too, but they said “it was already taken care of” and for me not to worry about it.

That kind of stuff happens at clothing stores, too, here where I’m at. It’s like everyone wants to be down with you because of who you are. In school it’s even worse.

The teachers definitely look out for me with my schoolwork. I’m already a pretty smart guy, but I definitely get even better grades from some teachers.

And I can’t tell you how many times people ask to do my homework for me. It’s crazy because it’s like they won’t take no for an answer. The thing you have to be careful about is to learn the work because you still have to take the SATs.

It’s like everyone in my city wants a piece of me.

I definitely know why and don’t consider those people real friends, but it’s hard not to take advantage of all of the attention.

Girls get me stuff all the time. Anything. They just want to be associated with me because I have a name. It’s crazy.

I’m not bragging, it just is what it is. A lot of people want to know about the perks of being in my position, and these are the basic perks.

Well, that’s all for this one, guys.

I know there are some people who hate on me being honest, but I don’t care. It’s just something I wanted to do to give the fans a real look at our lives.

If you can’t respect that, that’s on you.

Check y’all later.