White excited about offer

Arizona has offered 2014 Chicago Whitney Young forward Paul White. Read on to see what he thinks about the offer, where he is in his recruitment, and more.

Despite missing all summer with a finger injury, Paul White has received plenty of high major attention heading into his sophomore year.

"Right now I have offers from Illinois, Missouri, Marquette, Ohio State, and Arizona," White said. "A lot of schools are coming by our open gyms to watch, and one that sticks out in my mind is Duke. Georgetown, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee; those are the schools on my mind right now that have come by. Ohio State has stopped by, Kansas has stooped by; it's a wide array of schools, but those are the ones that come to mind.

The most recent school to offer the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Chicago Whitney Young product is Arizona, who delivered its scholarship on Friday. While the Wildcats obviously aren't the first school to offer White, he admits that he's very happy to have received an offer from Sean Miller and his staff.

"It's a big honor to have an offer from Arizona," White said. "I have seen my teammates pick up offers from Arizona, and I've realized what a special school it is. I didn't realize how many NBA players that have come from Arizona. It's a complete honor for me.

"I've talked to the coaches before, they've tried to get me to come out for a visit. I actually will call them later on and get in touch with them. I'm honored to be in touch with them, let alone have them offer me a scholarship. It's a big deal for me."

Before the offer from Arizona, a trio of White's teammates at Whitney Young visited the school and let him know just how much they enjoyed their time in Tucson.

"They all had nothing but positive comments about how much fun they had and how much they loved the campus," White said. "That's what really opened my eyes to Arizona."

That's not the only knowledge the sixth ranked power forward in the class of 2014 has on Arizona though, as he had a chance to evaluate them for himself by watching it play during the 2010-11 season.

"I watched Arizona play this year," White said. "It seems from what I've seen that they like to get up and down. I like that in a school and they like to push the ball. They don't want to wait and they want to get easy buckets. Their style of play seems very unique in a way, and that's what I noticed about them.

"I like how Arizona develops its players. Like how they took Derrick Williams, who was good coming in but not many people knew about, and they turned him into a lottery pick. They've done that over the past and I like how they develop their players and work them."

With all of the attention coming his way despite sitting out the whole summer, the four-star sophomore has not even begun to think about which schools are standing out to him and is simply enjoying the process.

"I'm just as happy as a fat kind in a candy store right now," White said. "I'm just taking it all in right now. Since I was out the whole summer not able to play, and then I come back and get plenty of scholarship offers, it's exciting. I'm not really putting any schools about another right now, I'm just really excited."

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