White ready for Kansas official

When the official scholarship offer came down from the University of Kansas in late August, Andrew White was still trying to get a feel for the Jayhawks and what they have to offer. Three weeks later, that picture is starting to become clear.

When the official scholarship offer came down from the University of Kansas in late August, Andrew White was still trying to get a feel for the Jayhawks and what they have to offer.

Now, three weeks later, that picture is starting to become clear.

The Kansas staff - represented by Head Coach Bill Self and assistant coach Joe Dooley - visited the 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing Wednesday at Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School to conduct an in-home visit. After watching White work out, the two coaches sat down with the four-star prospect and several family members to discuss his possible future in Lawrence, Kan. and where he fits with the Jayhawks on the court.

One of the things that has impressed him the most, White said, is how hard the Kansas coaches have worked to get to know him, since they first began tracking him in June.

"I always followed Kansas a little bit," White said. "Coach Dooley and Coach Self just seemed like real considerate people. It made it easy to like them. Even though they're one of the best programs, they recruit hard and build relationships just like everyone else."

In a Kansas system that values spacing so highly - strong shooting guards keeping opposing perimeter defenders from cheating down on the post - he sees a potential opportunity for himself to make an impact immediately.

"Having somebody that can shoot the ball and keep the defense honest, that's what I could do my freshman year," White explained. "I could play a lot of minutes my freshman year, knocking down open shots and rebounding my position."

This weekend, the big wing will make his first official visit of the fall, when he travels to Kansas to take in the "Legends of the Phog" alumni exhibition event. However, White is interested in more than just checking out Allen Fieldhouse packed full with Jayhawks fans decked out in Crimson and Blue.

He wants the full experience of life as a college basketball player at Kansas. That means watching workouts, playing pickup and attending classes with current team members.

"Even though I'll be doing more looking than doing, I'm excited to see what it's like to be a Kansas basketball player for a day," White said.

Dating back to August, he has taken unofficial visits to Cincinnati, George Mason, North Carolina State, Richmond and Virginia Tech.

In addition to the upcoming official to Kansas, White will also visit Louisville and Texas officially. Once those visits are complete, he feels as if he'll have all the information he needs to make a decision.

"Time is ticking, so when I get that feeling that I've seen everything I need to see and have been able to judge and compare schools evenly, that's when I'll go ahead and commit," he said.


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