On Sean High's Facebook page, the profile picture is of a small, smiling boy who is missing one of his front teeth.
The picture, dug out of some photo album back home in Chicago, is old and tattered, with a giant crease running down the middle.
The boy in the picture looks happy, like one day he might have the world by a string.
He doesn't know, yet, that he'll be told, over and over again, that he can't do all the things he wants to do, like graduate from college or be a basketball star.
"No, no, no, there was none of that... I was always told I wasn't going to be anything, and I think at some point I started to believe it," said High, a 5-foot-10 senior guard for Central Christian. "If you'd have told me growing up that I'd get to where I'm at, I would have thought you were crazy.
"But we get out what we put in, right? That's my motto, at least."
Whatever High's motto is these days, it seems to be working.
High leads the entire NAIA Division II in scoring at 28.5 points per game and also leads the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference in steals (2.32) and three-point shooting, hitting 44.7 percent of his attempts.
High also led the country in scoring last season as a junior, averaging 24.9 points on his way to second-team All-American honors along with the MCAC newcomer of the year award. The Tigers also set a school-record for wins with 15. This year, they are 14-6 after Monday's 67-51 win over Dallas Christian.
"Honestly, he's just unbelievable," Central Christian coach Tony Romero said. "Just when I think I've seen him do it all, he does something else that blows me away, and he does it while consistently facing double and triple teams. He's the best scorer I've ever seen at this level."
High has scored over 30 points nine times this season, including 35 points against Friends, 43 points against College of the Ozarks and a school-record 51 points in a 90-86 win at Haskell on Jan. 12. Against Haskell, he hit 16 of 22 shots, including 8 of 11 three-pointers and 11 of 14 free throws.
"This might sound crazy, but I had no idea he had that many points until I looked at the stat sheet after the game," Romero said. "It was a quiet 51 points, if that's possible."
High came to Central Christian, a tiny school in McPherson with just over 300 students, after a rocky couple of years at Labette Community College, where he averaged 15 points over two years.
"I struggled at Labette... if there was a low point, that was it," High said. "I didn't really have a place to stay, and a lot of the time I didn't have money to eat. It was a rough couple of years. I'm grateful the people (at Central) decided to take a chance on me, as a player and as a person.
"I know my teammates and my coaches have my back and would never talk down about me because we're like a family. I get all the confidence I need from them."
High walked in Central's spring graduation ceremony last year and is just a few credits short of his degree.
So things are going good for the little boy from the beat-up picture. Except for one thing.
"When I go play pickup games somewhere I've never been before, I usually get picked last," High said. "And I get it. I don't look like much. I'm not very tall, and I'm really skinny.
"When I come back, though, I usually get picked first."