BISMARCK — Of all places to find a top recruit in the nation, Bismarck does not seem like the first choice.
Lauren Ware, however, has had the same effect on that as she does on most shots taken near her on the hardwood. She's altering it.
"A lot of the coaches don't know where I am from," Ware said. "A lot of people don't know where North Dakota is. It's odd to them because they go out and recruit people from bigger areas."
The 6-foot-five-inch junior center at Bismarck Century is one of the top post players in country, according to various recruiting websites.
High-major schools are beginning to take notice of the talented player, including Nebraska, Oregon, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma and Minnesota.
"That was kind of a wow moment," said her father Joe. "I'm used to having give them a call and they were calling me."
It's a lot of pressure for such a young person.
"It is kind of nerve wracking, but they've seen my play before in the summer," she said. "They are not coming to evaluate me anymore. They're coming to watch me play. They don't think any less of me if I have a bad game."
Before she even decides on a school, she has to decide whether she wants to play basketball or volleyball. She's been named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state in both sports.
For now, though, she's just trying to enjoy the ride.
"I am just trying to be a kid right now," Lauren said. "It is kind of tough. My parents taught me to be a kid now because I will not have a lot of time when I go off to college so I am just having fun doing my thing now."