White getting ready for the future

Andrew White and Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School recently put the finishing touches on a successful 2011-2012 season, with an appearance in the state quarterfinals. Now, the University of Kansas commitment is ready to get back into the gym and the weight room, preparing for his arrival on the Lawrence, Kan. campus this summer.

Every high school team wants to end its season by hoisting a state championship trophy - but doing so is far from the only measure of success.

Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School had an outstanding 2011-2012 campaign, wrapping things up with a 20-10 record and a trip to the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 1 quarterfinals.

A big factor in their success was the play of senior wing Andrew White. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound University of Kansas commitment averaged team highs in points (22.9) and rebounds (3.4) per game.

"Statistically I was pretty consistent," White said. "And as far as winning and losing we had a pretty good outcome. We made it to the final eight of state and lost in double overtime. We had a couple other players get some offers this year, so all the way around it was a pretty good year."

Currently, White is in the process of selecting all-star events in which he'll participate. Thus far he's chosen the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, to take place April 6 at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

With the season over and spring break behind him, White has had the chance to recharge his batteries. Now, it's back into his own strength and conditioning routine, which includes running, weights and plyometrics work. Three days a week he plans to work on his ball handling in the gym.

Once graduation arrives, and before he arrives at Kansas, White will work with his father to make a few tweaks to his jumper. Known as an outstanding outside shooter, he wants it in pristine condition when he sets out for Lawrence, Kan.

"I just want to make sure my jump shot is as perfect as possible when I get to school, since that's what I need to do to get on the court," he said. "I'm just trying to do a good job of focusing on (specific) things."

Though he hasn't spoken to the Kansas staff about when, exactly, he'll leave for campus, he intends to ensure it happens as soon as possible.

White remained in contact with Head Coach Bill Self, assistant coach Joe Dooley and the rest of the Jayhawks coaches throughout the season, and they made trips to see a number of his high school games.

"I talked to Coach Dooley usually once a week, sometimes once every other week, and I talk to Coach Self about once every other week," he said. "I usually speak to somebody from the staff weekly."

White has followed the Jayhawks throughout their remarkable 2011-2012 season as well, making special arrangements to watch them whenever they were on television in his area. He was extremely impressed with what he saw in his future team.

"It's just obvious they're doing a good coaching job," White said. "These guys came in with a chip on their shoulder. Even though they're such a big program they always come to the table with the same expectations. That's what I admire about this school and how they play."

He isn't sure of the exact date as of yet, but White will ink his National Letter of Intent on "one of the first days available" of the Spring Signing Period, which begins April 11.

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