Greg Leggett of Marshall High School is 6 feet 6, tall by the standards of Northern Virginia high school basketball, so expect to find him in the low post. But don't look too quickly, he'll probably still be bringing the ball up in the back court.

If you don't find him on offense, look for him on defense; he's sure to be guarding an opponent's top player, like Washington-Lee's Walter Palmer or Herndon's Barry Johnson.

Count Leggett among the most versatile basketball players in the Northern Region, a man for all positions.

"He does a lot of things well," said Marshall Coach Greg Croghan. "Some guys are just scorers; that's just part of what he does."

What he does with the ball is impressive. Before Tuesday's games, Leggett was averaging 21.6 points per game, second best in Northern Virginia behind Joe Lowe of Wakefield, who was averaging 23.0 points.

Leggett doesn't only score. To break a press, the Statesmen might clear to the far end of the floor, leaving Leggett to beat his man one on one.

After dribbling up court, he'll deliver a chest pass to the corner. Then, he'll position himself in the low post. If he doesn't get a shot, he's there for the rebound.

Leggett wasn't always a player of all positions. As a freshman, he was restricted to one position -- point guard. Back then, he was 5-7 but grew to 6-0 as a sophomore, making him an average-sized high school guard.

He grew five inches during his junior year and added another inch this year.

"I don't know where I get the height," Leggett said the other day. "My dad is 6-1 and my mom is 5-5." Leggett thinks he still might be growing.

Leggett, the tallest starter in the Statesmen lineup, has a little easier time powering the ball up underneath the basket and a little easier time shooting jump shots over opposing guards. Last Friday he was seven for seven from the field in the first half against Yorktown and finished with 26 points. He also controlled the game's tempo because he was the best ball handler on the floor.

Leggett says he got the ball handling and passing skills from his father, Bob, who has coached him in youth and summer leagues.

He also got his first exposure to the game he obviously loves from his father.

"When I was just three or four, my dad coached the junior varsity at Lehigh (Pa.) University," Leggett recalled. "I used to sit next to a second string point guard at the end of the bench."

When the Lehigh junior varsity beat its eastern Pennsylvania rival, Lafayette, at the buzzer, the point guard hoisted young Leggett on his shoulders and paraded on court.

He's now in his third season on the Marshall varsity. Last year, playing in the post, he averaged 11 points and made the Great Falls all-district team.

Over the summer, he attended the highly competitive Five Star basketball camp in Corapolis, Pa. He was there for only a week, but it was enough time to put holes in a new pair of sneakers working on big-man moves and one-and-one moves at the morning "stations."

Now, as a forward with all the skills of a guard (or is he a guard with all the skills of a forward?), he would seem to be a college coach's ideal small forward or shooting guard. Take your pick.

A 3.3 grade point average in college prep courses shouldn't hurt either.

"I'd like to trade my basketball skills for a college education," Leggett says. "Of course, I haven't been overwhelmed with attention."

Leggett is soft spoken and mild mannered, even under the frustration of Marshall's lack of success. The Statesmen were 3-7, 2-1 in the district, before their game against Herndon.

But in a district loss to Washington-Lee, Leggett felt his team might have turned the corner.

Leggett nearly tied the score as the buzzer sounded when he emerged from underneath the basket. Instead of leaving him open, the Generals contested the shot, nearly fouling him.

"After that, I think it showed the guys on this team that we can play with anybody," Leggett said.

Leggett, too, appears capable of playing against anybody or playing anywhere.