2014 Intro: Paul White

A pair of high major programs are already showing strong interest in 2014 standout Paul White.

There's never a shortage of basketball players in Chicago

In the 2011 class, it pumped out the nation's top prospect – Anthony Davis The city may have the top guy in 2013 in Jabari Parker and the early results in for the 2014 class are impressive

Jahlil Okafor is a name already known, but my most But there's another freshman at Chicago (Ill ) Whitney Young, that is deserving of some serious attention

Paul White, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound combo forward, has already drawn the eye of scouts and college coaches He built his reputation playing a versatile role this past season for the Dolphins

"I played many roles for Whitney Young," White said "At first they started me on varsity as a wing player Then in December and January they began to use me as a point guard to relieve some stress off of starting point guard Kawi Pearson "

"Many tell me I'm a wing," he added "Most of my life I've played on the block, so I've developed a post game as well But I'm trying to get my perimeter skills together I consider myself as a somewhat as a versatile player "

The skilled 2014 prospect said he sees himself as a big forward that can also handle the ball and make plays

"When I'm at my best I see myself as a point-forward," White said "So I just go with what they say I'll get the rebound and push it up and look for the open man If that's not there then I'll look for myself and for scoring opportunities "

White runs with Ferrari on the AAU circuit Although White said he wishes they could have won a few more games, he said he's pretty happy with the way his play on the circuit is going

"AAU has been a blast playing with my teammates and getting a chance to play with them," he said "Me personally I believe that I've been successful We wish we could win more tournaments than we've won right now "

Despite White's young age, colleges are already showing attention

"I get the letters mailed to the schools," White said "My coach hands them to me I look at the schools, but sometimes it surprises me that the big schools are looking at me I hand them off to my mom and she stores it away for me "

The two schools that have shown the most interest in White are Illinois and Purdue He's taken unofficial visits to both schools

"Bruce Weber and Jerrance Howard have kept real close tabs on me throughout the year ever since they offered me that scholarship," he said about Illinois

"With Purdue, my mom keeps in contact with them real well," White added "Those are pretty much the two schools that are keeping tabs on me heavy "

Illinois is the only school that has offered White a scholarship

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