Four after White the hardest

At 6-foot-8 with rare skill, Paul White has big time programs hoping to secure his commitment.

One of the most skilled forwards in the 2014 class is Paul White. The Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young standout has emerged as one of the premier players in the class. At 6-foot-8 with his skill set it is no surprise that colleges are making him a priority recruit.

At the NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish White helped his team to a big tournament championship. For White he thinks it is just the beginning of what could be a special summer.

"I can tell it is going to be fun playing on this team once we get our chemistry together," said White. "We have good players and this is my first year so I am getting adjusted to the system. When I get fully adjusted, that is when I think I will excel and help take this team to the next level along with my teammates."

Making this summer even more important to White is that he battled an injury all high school season. Now he is healthy and is committed to staying that way.

"I told my mom this will be my last injury," said White. "I am not going to sit on the sideline any more. It feels great to be healthy and I have been trying everything. I am eating better, taking vitamins, getting stronger and in better shape."

When it comes to his recruitment, White says four schools are after him the hardest right now.

"Ohio State, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Marquette have been on me the hardest so far," said White.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have to fill numerous holes with their 2014 class and they like what White can bring with his versatility.

"They tell me how they love my versatility and what I am able to do on the floor," White explained. "They have come to my Whitney Young games and we talk fairly often. They tell me that they love what I can do on the floor and what I would be capable of doing if I put on a Buckeye uniform."

White says that even though Arizona is further away, the Wildcats have been very persistent in the recruitment and he feels they really want him.

"They have told me how they love my versatility and how I handle things out on the floor," said White. "Chicago basketball is no joke so they like how I handled the pressure of having to play the point forward. They enjoy what I do, and that is why they have offered me a scholarship."

For now White says recruiting isn't his focus, instead he is more concerned with getting better, and the No. 24 prospect in the class says he has a clear plan for how to do that.

"Definitely I am trying to get stronger," said White. "I have a major focus on getting stronger. My trainer is great, and he has already planned out my whole summer. I am looking forward to that. Also I want to become a better leader and improve my ball handling."

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