White impressed by Kansas family

Andrew White had heard about Allen Fieldhouse. He'd seen it on TV. He knows of its reputation, and that of Kansas fans, and he wanted to experience it. But prior to last weekend's official visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus he had bigger goals in mind for he and his family while in the Sunflower State.

He wanted to get the whole experience of what it was like to live like a Kansas basketball player for a couple of days. To that end, while on campus the elite shooting guard attended class with members of the team. He ate meals with them, watched them work out and scrimmage with the program alumni on campus for 'Legends of the Phog.

In the end, he said, he was able to paint an excellent picture of what life would be like at Kansas.

"At the end of the day, they're normal guys," said White, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound prospect from Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School. "Everybody thinks so much of Kansas, but they're normal people. They work so hard at it. I saw them lift weights, and I saw the way they take care of themselves. And it kind of explains what they do on the court."

His host for the trip was freshman point guard Naadir Tharpe, though White said he had the chance to spend time with everyone on the team at one time or another. The athletic guard said all made sure he didn't want for anything, and were eager to answer any questions he had, sharing freely of their own experience as Jayhawks.

Because so many former players were in town for 'Legends' - the long-awaited exhibition event featuring many of the best players in recent Kansas basketball history - he got a unique opportunity to see how the past and present generations of Jayhawks intermingled.

The thing that stood out to him, he said, was the closeness and familiarity.

"For the 'Legends' game, I couldn't really talk to the pros at all," White explained. "But I just kind of saw during that game how they interact with the current players and, no matter the age difference, it really is a family atmosphere."

With his mother, father and younger brother making the visit with him, they spent some time with the Kansas coaches discussing how and where White fit into their plans. His unique combination of size, athleticism and three-point range will likely call to mind images of Brandon Rush with Jayhawks fans, and Head Coach Bill Self and his staff made clear they could make use of White's abilities.

"Supposedly there are opportunities for major minutes as a freshman if I keep getting better at the rate I'm going," White said. "It's great to see it first hand, so I could almost picture how I fit in if I keep working at it."

As for 'Legends of the Phog' - and the Allen Fieldhouse experience - he said it shed further light on the love Kansas fans feel for their basketball program; a sentiment he picked up on throughout the entirety of the visit.

Wherever he went, it seemed there were people who recognized him, and when he stepped inside the arena with the other recruits in attendance they cheered for him.

"Being in that Fieldhouse kind of gives you an idea of what to expect, night in and night out," White said. "It's good to be loved."

While the visit was a hit, the recruiting process is far from over. White will take three more official visits in the weeks ahead, to Louisville, Texas and West Virginia.

At that point, he expects to be able to make a decision.

"After I finish taking all the visits, I'm going to try and sit back with my family and evaluate everything, and then try to make my decision as soon as possible," White explained. "Because at that point, time is ticking - especially with a major program.

"Kansas is a great school and I like it," he added. "But at the same time I have to make sure that I keep going about the process the right way."

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