NBPA: Time is of the essence for Whitt

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jimmy Whitt knows a little something about capitalizing on a big chance. At the lone evaluation period for college coaches this year, back in late April, Whitt blew up at the Jayhawk Invitational and hasn't looked back since.

Jimmy Whitt very quickly gained admirers from college coaches, who increasingly have begun to view him as a top option among numerous possibilities at the Class of 2015's loaded shooting guard position.

When playing for K.C. Run GMC team on the Under Armour circuit, Whitt's role is to be a primary scorer. He's the clutch bucket-getter and relishes his ability to impact games at a fundamental level. At individual camps such as NBAPA, however — and also including the Pangos Camp earlier this month — he prefers to be more of a facilitator.

"I like playing the wing for my AAU team, and I'm trying to work on my point guard skills and all-around game here," Whitt said.

The past couple months have been nothing short of wild, given the almost overnight flip of the switch in terms of his recruiting interest.

"The Jayhawk was huge for me," he said. "After that week, I got like six offers. All that hard work is finally paying off."

Whitt says he holds offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Arkansas, Colorado, SMU and Missouri, a new coaching staff that obviously wants to keep a local product at home and who Whitt says is working to build "a great relationship" with him.

He added that North Carolina, Indiana and Kansas are on his trail as well, with each of those three programs wanting their respective head coach to evaluate him personally in July.

Whitt ranks No. 49 in the rising senior class and will attend several other events with K.C. Run GMC, including the national tournament in Atlanta and AAU Nationals in Louisville.

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