White excited about Louisville offer

Andrew White earned an offer from Louisville during the first July evaluation period, and the 6-6 wing has recently spoken with Rick Pitino, who hopes to get the Scout.com Top 100 prospect on campus next month.

Andrew White's outstanding play during the first July evaluation period caught the eye of several big-time college coaches, including Louisville's Rick Pitino, who offered the 6-foot-6 guard/forward a scholarship last week.

His stock clearly on the rise, White also recently added offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee and N.C. State. What does the Scout.com Top 100 prospect think about Louisville's offer?

"It was exciting (to get the Louisville offer) because the first thing that comes to mind is Coach Pitino and how he develops players," White said. "Louisville is a hot area for basketball and they have a strong reputation for their facilities. I was excited, and a bit surprised, but I played a real good game in front of Coach Pitino (last week). Coach (Kevin) Keatts has been real good to me. He came out to almost all of my games. It's just a real good feeling that hard work pays off."

White, who has a strong relationship with Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts, has spoken recently with Pitino on the phone and came away impressed with the Louisville coach's straight-forward pitch.

"I've talked to him two or three times," White said. "He's straight-forward. He doesn't just tell me what I want to hear, but he gives me good information. The last time I talked to him he told me what he liked about my game and what I need to develop. And then he told me how he develops players. It seems like a real good program for development. He's put out so many pros you can't really argue about it."

What does Pitino like about White's potential?

"He said he likes players like me - long, play hard and can knock down shots," said White. "He said with my skill-set if I can add a couple little things to my game I have pro potential."

Pitino's reputation for developing players and his relationship with Keatts has White thinking about making a visit to Louisville next month to check out the Cardinals.

"We haven't planned out all of my visits, but Coach Pitino has mentioned a couple dates," White said. "I would like to get up there for an unofficial visit in August. We're considering going up there because Coach Keatts has been so good to us and came out to all the games. He's been active in my recruitment and the least I can do is take time to get up there. On top of that I'd like to see the place too."

A re-classified member of the 2012 class, N.C. State has offered White the opportunity to enroll this fall as a member of the Class of 2011. White, though, plans to stay in the prep ranks another year before heading to college.

"N.C. State is close to home and it's the ACC," White said. "I don't have many doubts about that coaching staff and they've been on me a long time. I think they can also develop players and make some serious noise. But I'm heavily leaning toward staying in the Class of 2012 because I know I can make a big jump in development and that would give me a better chance to play my freshman year."

White, who has already visited Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Richmond and Old Dominion, plans to narrow the focus of his recruitment after the July recruiting period.

"I'm going to go through the evaluation period and then I may narrow it down and pick favorites after the recruiting period," White said. "I don't have a favorite now. I don't have a set timetable to make a decision. It's probably going to come down to a gut feeling because there are so many schools involved. It would be ideal to get on campus, see the coaches and team and then try to make a decision. If I find a school I really, really like I could possible commit early."

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