High Majors Offer Whittington

After grabbing the eyes of coaches and scouts in July, Greg Whittington put together a strong enough senior season to warrant high major scholarship offers.

Last summer Greg Whittington showed flashes playing for HYBC Elite and leading them into the final four at AAU Nationals.

A 6-foot-9, 195-pound versatile forward, Whittington raced up and down the court showing a terrific set of hands, impressive mobility and the ball skills to score facing the basket.

"He's really taken off since the summer," Columbia (Md.) Oakland Mills coach John Brown said. "That was the springboard that catapulted him to where he is right now."

Following the summer a handful of mid-major programs jumped into the picture. LaSalle offered and had him on campus for an official visit. But as his senior season began they backed away, due to increased high major interest and his on the court play.

"He's been playing out of this world and so have we," Brown said.

"He's really mixed it up for us. At times he has to play the five at 6-foot-9, that's pretty big. He'll go down and we'll [isolate] him in the post quite frequently, especially against undersized teams."

On the season, Whittington is averaging 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per outing for Oakland Mills, who sits at 24-0.

"He's way more comfortable facing the basket and sometimes we play him as a face up four," he added. "I see him more of a combo three/four. He's our best three-point shooter and has taken more threes than anyone on the team. He's hovering around 40-percent from three."

Now high major programs are showing interest. John Thompson III was at his game Monday, as was an assistant from Maryland. Both schools have offered and both had him on campus for games in recent weeks.

"It's been a fun ride," Brown said. "Georgetown has offered. They want him. Maryland wants him in the worst way. Georgetown is the same. I'm talking to Texas daily. Clemson wants him in a bad way. DePaul wants him."

"Right now we are trying to narrow things," he said. "B.C. called today and Kansas called this week. But at this time we are backing off of the new schools. We are going to wait until after the season and take some official visits and make a decision."

According to Brown, the plan is for Whittington to close out his senior season and then take some official visits. Once he takes the visits, he'll make his college choice.

"His big thing is he wants to finish the season. If everything works out we have two weeks left. Our big thing was we have to get on campus and meet the team and see the players and see the life style. Then make an educated decision."

Brown expects a college decision from his star prospect sometime in the next four to six weeks.


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