Whitt has a dozen offers

As one of the best combo guards in the nation, Jimmy Whitt is a major target for some of the best teams in the country.

This past spring and summer Columbia (Mo.) Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt proved to be one of the better guards in the Midwest in the 2015 class. A 6-foot-2 guard with solid athleticism who can play on or off the ball, Whitt is attracting major college interest, and has a dozen offers already.

According to the four-star Whitt's father, Jim Whitt, things are going well at the start of Jimmy's junior season.

"His team is rated No. 1 in the state and they have an 8-0 record," said the elder Whitt. "Jimmy is playing pretty well. He's averaging 24 points, six steals, five rebounds, and four assists."

He continued about his son, "Jimmy's just been working on his overall game, and trying to get stronger. He's been working on getting to the bucket more, and he's just been putting in work on defense as well. He prides himself on playing with toughness on defense and guarding the other team's best player."

Recruiting wise things continue to remain busy for Whitt and the entire family with coaches making routine trips to check on his progress.

"He's got 12 offers, and of course Arkansas has been out, Missouri, SMU, Kansas State, Colorado, San Francisco, Creighton, and a few others have been out here to see us," said Whitt.

Whitt lives only minutes from Missouri's campus, and his dad says that the Tigers have really begun to pick things up in the recruitment.

"They have been taking a good look at him, and they think he fits their style of play," said Whitt. "They are very reliant on their guards to do a lot for their team, and they play an up tempo system. That is the kind of style that Jimmy plays right now, so they see him fitting in pretty well with what they like to do."

One school they have been to before is Arkansas, and Head Coach Mike Anderson is very familiar with Whitt and the area from his time at Missouri.

"We've been talking to Arkansas all along because we know them pretty well from when Coach Anderson was at Missouri," said Whitt. "They play the fastest 40 minutes and press full court, and that is just like Jimmy's high school team. It is a very similar style of play, fast paced, transition, and a lot in the open court. That is what Jimmy is good at."

For now Whitt says that the family is telling Jimmy to take an educated and deliberate approach to his recruitment.

"This year we're just listening," said Whitt. "Jimmy is wide open right now and hasn't made up his mind. Our focus for him right now is for him to keep his grades up and to work on his game. We're taking a good look at all of the people who are talking to us, looking at style of play, looking at the educational programs, who each school has coming in, and just looking at all the details."

He continued, "After the season he will start getting real serious about his recruitment, and then after the summer we should have a good idea of what his top five schools are. From there we will take some visits and make a decision."

Whitt is seen as the No. 91 player in the class of 2015.

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