One of the top senior basketball recruits in North Carolina was all smiles on Thursday morning. The hard work Lavar Batts Jr. put in on the basketball court was summed up with one signature.

Batts signed his National Letter of Intent to play for VCU.

The Jay M. Robinson High School senior had a handful of offers including Florida State, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Butler and Charlotte when he made his decision in September. On Thursday, that decision became a reality.

"I can't wait to really get into the aspects of college basketball, playing Division-I. I came a long way, and worked hard for everything that's coming my way," Batts said at his signing ceremony.

He said his family, coaches and all the people who were there to support him made him into the basketball player he is today.

Last season, he averaged 20.7 points per game on his way to 1,501 career points. Batts was a big part of Robinson's 2016 3A State Championship win.

Batts plans to study sports medicine at VCU, but his dream is to make it to the NBA and play for the Charlotte Hornets.