Moments after finishing up a game at Arkansas' team basketball camp on Saturday, Columbia (Mo.) Hickman guard and 2015 prospect Jimmy Whitt (6-2, 170) found out he had just added another offer.
This one was from Northern Iowa to go along with earlier ones from the Razorbacks, Creighton and Wichita State, but the Arkansas one stands out to him.
"I just feel very blessed to have the offer from Arkansas because they are a really big school and it is just not all about basketball down here," Whitt said. "But they are well known for other sports like football and baseball and are known around the country. It also is a place that the coaches and the fans truly care about you and I feel that."
Whitt admits that he has a lot of love for current Arkansas and former Missouri head coach Mike Anderson, his staff and his former KC Pump and Run AAU teammate Manuale Watkins (6-3, 200).
Watkins played for Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridgee as a sophomore, finished up his final two seasons at Fayetteville High and is walking on for the Razorbacks beginning next season.
"I have gotten to know Coach Anderson and people like Manuale over the years and become friends with them and know they are all really good people," Whitt said. "I think wherever Coach Anderson goes he takes programs and makes them really good programs. I think with him coming here that Arkansas has a big opportunity to be great in the next couple of years."
The athleticlly-gifted Whitt would seem like a perfect fit for Anderson's up-tempo style after a breakout sophomore season in which he led his team with an 18.6 scoring average had a whopping 131 steals.
He led his team - whose mascot is the Kewpies - to a 27-3 mark and third-place finish in Class 5A.
"I want to work on getting stronger and going to the hoop and finishing," Whitt said. "But I do think that where I excel is my mid-range game and my jump shot. I think those are the strong points of my game. I feel like I would be a great fit in Coach Anderson's system."
Some scouts have labeled Whitt a point guard, others a scoring guard.
"I feel like I am a combo guard that can play either the one or two just depending on what the coach needs me to do," Whitt said. "I feel like I do a good job at the one of setting up my men, but I can also score if I need to."
He likes what he is seeing from his team this weekend.
"Last year we came in third in the state," Whitt said. "We lost our senior big guy and one of our guards moved, but I feel like a camp like this helps us gel as a team. We are getting to know each other and I think a camp like will make us a lot better down the line."
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