Whitt fits Anderson's system

Columbia-Hickman (Mo.) guard Jimmy Whitt said he would be a good fit for Mike Anderson's system.

Jimmy Whitt, who plays guard for Columbia-Hickman (Mo.) high school, is familiar with Mike Anderson and his style of play.

Anderson was in Columbia just three years ago, coaching the Missouri Tigers. Before his departure and return to Arkansas, Anderson led the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance in his third season at Missouri.

Whitt said after seeing Anderson's Tigers and watching some of the Razorbacks' games last year, he thinks he would be a perfect fit for Anderson's system.

"I think the most appealing thing about Arkansas is probably the style of play," he said. "They really like to get up and down the court and I like that because I'm really used to doing that at my high school. We like to put pressure on the ball, trap and I feel like that's what they do, so that fits me really well.

"I think it's a really exciting play format, how they play and how they get up and down the court. I've been around that for so long, so it really makes me interested in the system."

Whitt, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, estimated his wingspan was near 6-foot-9 and said his stature is one of the reasons he would fit into the "Fastest 40 minutes" style of play.

"I feel like my long arms really help because I can get my hands on a lot of balls," he said. "So when we go to trap or pressure the ball, I feel like I have a lot of reach to get my hand on a lot of basketballs on the defensive end."

Whitt is a 2015 prospect. He has been recruited by Creighton, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Wichita State and others.

He went to Las Vegas last weekend, participating in an AAU tournament as a member of KC Run GMC and said the competition helped him improve as a player.

"It was a great experience," Whitt said. "Vegas was a really nice city. I had never been there before. We played some really tough competition from all over the country. It was just a really nice tournament.

"I think playing against that tough competition really helps you see yourself as a player and lets you know where you need to step your game up at different levels. Playing against higher competition really shows a lot of your weakness in your game and where you can improve."

As far as his recruitment goes, Whitt said he is not in any rush to make a decision and is just taking it one day, one visit and one school of interest at a time.

"Right now, I'm really just going with the flow of recruiting, talking to different coaches and getting a feel for where I will fit best," he said. "I think I'll make a decision sometime next year."

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