college coaches and visiting no college campuses.
That makes it easy to deduce that next year, Kobe Bryant will play at La Salle or he will play in the NBA.
"I think La Salle is in good shape," Joe Bryant said. "At the same time, he's been contacted by just about every big school."
All the big boys have called - Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina.
"You name one," Joe Bryant said. "It's just amazing."
It's all because Kobe Bryant is an amazing player with the rebounding ability of a power forward, the finesse of a small forward, the shooting range of an off guard and the ballhandling skill of a point guard.
Kobe Bryant gets all those calls, but he is not biting. No visits by coaches. No visits to coaches.
Kobe knows the La Salle coaches. His dad has been an assistant there for two years. The program has treaded water the last few years. However, it's no secret La Salle knows how to showcase great talents.
But . . .
"He's been working out with the Sixers," Joe Bryant said. "People tell me when you watch him playing with the pros, you can't tell the difference."
Kobe Bryant just turned 17 at the end of August. He certainly looks like a future NBA player, maybe a star. His dad figures he'll be a point guard at that level.
Kobe Bryant is just 17.
"I just have to look at all the different options as a parent," Joe Bryant said. "It would be difficult for him to leave home right now. He wouldn't be in college that long in any case."
Two years seems about the average stay for the college superstars anymore. The first four players taken in last June's NBA draft - Joe Smith, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace - were college sophomores. The fifth selection was Kevin Garnett, a high school senior.
"He's just taking it easy, looking forward to his high school season," Joe Bryant said of his son. "He's just going to wait (to decide). But Kobe wants to keep all his options open. We'll see."