White looking forward to big summer

Meanstreets has some of the best talent on the AAU circuit and Paul White is a big part of that. The Whitney Young product is prepared for a big summer with lots of college coaches watching.

He has always been loaded with talent, and this high school season it looked like Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young forward Paul White began to turn the corner. The 6-foot-8 forward was assertive and productive, and now he is trying to keep that going with Meanstreets on the AAU circuit.

While his season didn't end the way he wanted, White said overall the high school year was a good one.

"With Whitney Young I am taking it as a glass half full thing rather than glass half empty," said White. "We won the city championship and we did as well as we could under the circumstances. We took a tough loss to Simeon in the state playoffs, but overall playing top teams in the nation and beating Morgan Park in the city was a big accomplishment."

White has good size, solid athleticism, and a high skill level for a player his size. With that it is no surprise that numerous high level schools are after him, and will be tracking him all spring and summer.

"It's been Arizona, Florida, Marquette, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Illinois, Memphis, a lot of schools," listed White. "Those are the ones that come to mind right now."

Arizona has been recruiting White for a long time, and the Wildcats have impressed him with the talent they are putting together on the roster.

"It seems like Arizona is doing real big things and bringing in great recruiting classes each year," said White. "They just got Aaron Gordon and I know they have more players coming in, and if their 2012 class stays they could be a force to be reckoned with."

Also the Marquette Golden Eagles have made sure to make Chicago a home away from home on the recruiting trail, and White is clearly a major focus for them.

"Buzz Williams is a great guy and Coach (Isaac) Chew is a great guy," explained White. "They just have a great coaching staff and it seems like they get their players ready. Coming into this season a lot of people wrote them off, and didn't think they would end up where they did in the Elite Eight. My relationship with those guys is pretty unique."

As of now White plans to take things slowly, and says he will make several official visits before deciding on which school to attend.

"The next visits I take will be my official visits," explained White. "I want to take my official visits when students are on campus, not over the summer, because I want to see what the whole school environment is like. I want to be able to see the whole experience and exactly what each place has to offer."

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