White breaks down recruitment

Three programs – Kansas, Texas, and Louisville – have emerged as major contenders for four-star 2012 wing Andrew White. White has scheduled official visits to all three programs and broke down his recruitment with InsideTheVille.com.

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Kansas, Texas and Louisville have emerged as major contenders for Andrew White, a four-star 6'6, 180-pound wing prospect from Charlottesville, Virginia.

White, rated the No. 52 prospect in the nation by Scout.com, has scheduled official visits with all three programs. The talented White will begin his official visit tour at Kansas on September 24-25. He'll visit the Longhorns the following week, then finish at Louisville on October 15-16.

"Those are three schools that I feel I can develop at my position," White said. "The reason I'm going to visit those programs is, No. 1, to check out my playing situation, and to see how they would develop me. I thought those were three good places to start."

White received a scholarship offer from Kansas late last month and he's eager to see what Bill Self's Jayhawks have to offer.

"Coach Self has been a real good personal recruiter, he's really excited about me," White said. "I've had a real good relationship with Coach (Joe) Dooley, who is the associate head (coach) there. It's one of those opportunities where I'm going to go there and see what they have to offer. They're a real good program and I'm sure I'll be able to learn from seeing them workout. I'm interested in that school and I want to go out there and see if I have an opportunity to play."


Andrew White, who will visit Louisville in October, is looking for the right fit.
Texas already has verbal commitment from 2012 center Cameron Ridley and point guard Javen Felix. White appears a prime target for Rick Barnes' program on the perimeter.

"Coach [Rob] Lanier has been recruiting me pretty hard," White said. "They're also going to bring in some good recruits if I were to go there. They develop players and put guys in the NBA. I want to see how another top program goes about business. It will be a good learning experience because it's a different part of the country."

Louisville has been recruiting White hard since Kevin Keatts joined Coach Pitino's coaching staff last spring. The closest of the three programs to his Virginia home, White is interested in learning more about the Cards.

"I'm not really picky about location, but Louisville is in the Big East," said White. "Coach Pitino has a big reputation, and I have a real good relationship with Coach Keatts. So there's definitely something there. That's another place where I can learn and I want to check out my playing opportunity in person with the staff, check out the campus and get a good feel for it."

Keatts' , the former coach at Chatham, Virginia's Hargrave Academy, relationship with White's family is a key reason that Louisville has a chance to land his services.

"Coach Keatts wants me to get down there so they can put everything out there in person," White said. "They do have a full roster, but I know if I keep working I could potentially play at that school. So they're going to get into the offense and how I will play. One thing that we agreed on is we would get up there and talk to them in person because Coach Keatts has been on me hard and I'm definitely interested."

White told InsideTheVille.com last Thursday that he was close to setting up in-home visits with Kansas, Texas and Louisville, but had no dates set. Though he has two official visits available if he wants, White is unsure if he'll check out any other programs. He made unofficial visits to West Virginia, N.C. State, Cincinnati and Maryland last month.

"I'm keeping those two open in case something comes around last minute that I want to look into," White said. "I figured I'd take a few visits and take the next step. It's good to have the option in case something comes along that you really need to get on campus."

So how Will White pick between Kansas, Texas, Louisville or a program to be named later? The two biggest factors appear the opportunity for early playing time and a school that can best help him get to the next level.

"On the court those are two major factors," White said. "Off the court I want to get a good education. If I can go somewhere and play and I have a coach that has a (plan) to help me improve I know I can put the amount of work in it takes to get to the next level. Wherever I need to be to develop and come out of there the best player I can be that will be something I have to consider. All three of those (schools) I just want to see if I'll be able to play (right away) and how I could develop."


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