White determined to make an impact

At the moment Andrew White touched a pen to his National Letter of Intent on Monday - a document which, when signed, would seal his commitment to the University of Kansas - a thought flashed through his mind – one brought on by the heady feeling of the last piece of the puzzle falling into place.

At the moment Andrew White touched a pen to his National Letter of Intent - a document which, when signed, would seal his commitment to the University of Kansas - a thought flashed through his mind.

It wasn't one borne of anxiety or excitement, or even relief - all common emotions felt by prospects bringing their recruitment to a close.

Instead, it was brought on by the heady feeling of the last piece of the puzzle falling into place.

"Just the thought of no turning back," White said. "That's the college I'm going to go to, and that's the plan I've had the whole time."

A four-star small forward prospect from Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School, White committed to the Jayhawks in December after the early signing period had come to a conclusion. That meant long months of waiting until this month, and the onset of the spring signing period.

Once the signed LOI rolled off the fax machine at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas head coach Bill Self was relieved to be able to finally talk about one of the jewels of the impressive haul that is the Jayhawks recruiting Class of 2012.

"He's been committed for a long time and we are so excited to have him," Self said. "He's a tall guard. He can shoot it. He's a good athlete. He's tough, loves to play and certainly will be a great representative of our university."

"He has been very well-drilled and well-coached at Miller under (head coach) Scott Willard," he continued. "The transition to the collegiate level should be very smooth for him. We seem him being an impact player for us beginning from day one upon his arrival on campus."

Word of Self's high praise made its way back to White who, in characteristically humble fashion, said it would only spur him to work harder.

"That's exciting," White said. "I know going in, just because he said that doesn't mean anything will be handed to me. I think that's just more communication between he and I. That was him communicating I need to come in and work."

Known for his work ethic in the gym, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing plans to up the intensity of his workout regimen from now until he arrives on campus in Lawrence, Kan. on June 5, in time for the first summer session.

While he always works on his all-around game, there are a couple of areas on which he will focus.

"Being able to shoot the ball in any situation," White said. "Because other than defense and rebounding that's what will get me on the court early. Just continuing to make moves, getting into my shot. Quick feet, having good conditioning. Anything I need to do to get on the court."

With the start of his college career closing in, he wants to take advantage of every opportunity to get better he can.

"A lot of my thought right now is coming in there and making a smooth transition and being able to play," White said. "Because me being able to play will help the team win. I feel obligated to do something every day to further my game. Because I know at this moment right now, I'm not college ready."


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