White ready for big year

Four-star forward Paul White is ready for a big year and is taking a close look at an already intense recruitment.

Ever since his freshman season Paul White has been on the national radar. The Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young standout is one of the most versatile and talented players in the 2014 class. Now he is hoping to have that talent, along with some great teammates help them reach their goal during this junior year.

Whitney Young is always one of the most talented teams in the country and during his time at the school players such as Sam Thompson and Tommy Hamilton have always been there to take some of the pressure off, but now White and classmate Jahlil Okafor are asked to handle the pressure and he says he is ready for it.

"It's something that you have to get used to, but I enjoy the pressure," said White. "I enjoy the feeling where you have to do something. Also I have teammates to distribute that pressure with. I know I can pass the ball to L.J. (Peak) and something good will happen, and then of course Jahlil you know he is going to do something positive. We just have so many weapons on this team."

Now the goal is to get downstate and bring home a state championship for the first time.

"Ever since our freshman year when me and Jahlil had limited time on the varsity level we cried like babies that we didn't get downstate," said White. "We cried like our mom took the sucker out of our mouth. It wasn't pretty. This year we want to have tears of joy."

Recruiting wise several schools are in hot pursuit of the No. 43 prospect in the class of 2014.

"I have been hearing a lot from Marquette, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, and there have been a few others like Kansas."

One school that has really opened up his eyes this year has been Illinois.

"It seems like they have been doing real well for themselves," said White of the Illini. "They went to Maui and I was watching how they were putting it on their opponents out there. Throughout the regular season John Groce really seems like he knows what he is doing. I salute him, and they definitely caught my eye with the type of season they are having thus far."

The Arizona Wildcats have also been recruiting White for a while, and he says he has a strong relationship with the coaches.

"I love Coach Book (Richardson) over there," White explained. "That is my man. We sort of developed a good relationship. Arizona is a fun school to play at, and it's exciting to see Arizona and it is something I could see myself being a part of."

Also the Marquette Golden Eagles have made it a point to have White know he is a priority, and the school has a style of play that appeals to him.

"Marquette is a real good program," White noted. "It seems that they let their players play and they utilize whatever ability that they have. Some colleges kind of cut you off, but a player like me you have to enjoy getting the ball and being able to do what you can do, yet still be in a structured format."

For now White is focused on getting better and winning that state title and has no timeframe for making a decision.

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