White racks up offers

Four-star class of 2014 prospect Paul White has emerged as one of the best in the nation and is already a top target of many college coaches.

This summer was frustrating at times for Paul White. The 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young High School was battling a finger injury that kept him out of action for a decent amount of time, but now the highly touted prospect is back on the floor and is picking up numerous offers.

"I tried to take as many unofficial visits as I could," said White of the summer. "I added on scholarships from Marquette and Missouri. With me being injured that is what I tried to get out of the summer."

According to White it bothered him to miss time with his Ferrari AAU team, but now he is back on the court and feeling great about it.

"My finger was doing me wrong, and I had to keep rehabbing it," White said. "It finally got better, and I am thankful to be back out playing basketball."

For the highly skilled White, this year is going to be a big one. He will be playing point guard at times for Whitney Young, and overall will be given a chance to show his entire skill set against a national schedule.

"Hopefully it is going to be one of the best years that I have experienced and that Whitney Young has experienced," explained White. "I am hoping that we can get every win on a very tough schedule. We are determined more than ever to win a state title."

With more schools likely to take a close look at White after this season, already he has racked up a lot of interest from top colleges.

"Wisconsin, Purdue, DePaul, Illinois, Arizona, Michigan State, Marquette, and Missouri are the ones recruiting me the most," White explained.

At this point no schools have really emerged as a favorite or group of favorites for White, but he does pay attention to how the coaches talk to him and his family.

"I look for how hard each school pushes their players and how they treat their players," White noted. "Also I look at their history and success as a program. I want to see how they talk to my family. I know if a coach guarantees me anything that isn't true. I prefer a coach who is just real with me. That is basically what I look for."

For right now though, White is focused on having a big sophomore season. After making several unofficial visits during the spring and summer, White thinks the recruiting part of things might be moved off the front burner to focus on his season.

"Right now I am just trying to focus on school and getting completely healthy," said White. "Now that I am able to play I will put the college decision in the back of my mind."

Currently White is rated as the No. 21 ranked player in the 2014 class.

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