Jake White Continues To Attract Attention

Jake White, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound junior forward from Chaska (MN) High, has two scholarship offers and has attracted plenty of recruiting interest. White, who is one of the state's top players in the Class of 2011, recently over 1,000 points for his career. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with White to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jake White has paced Chaska to an 11-6 mark this year. He is averaging 22.9 points per game and has scored in double figures in all 16 contests with a career-high 40 points in a 74-71 loss to Lakeville North.

White helped lead the Hawks to an 18-10 mark last season, losing to Bloomington Jefferson in the Section 2 semifinals 86-73. He paced the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game.

White scored 30 points in an 81-69 loss to Apple Valley to go over 1,000 points for his career, an honor that White wasn't totally prepared for.

"I wasn't really aware of how close I was, to be honest. Getting halfway through my junior year, I feel very, very blessed. It was very nice to see all my hard work has paid off. I just wish that our team would have come away with a W."

White, who has received a scholarship offers from Wichita State from Northern Iowa, is also hearing from a variety of schools.

"The ones that are recruiting me the hardest are Colorado State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern and Butler."

Assistant coaches from Butler, Northern Iowa and Colorado State were in attendance to watch White and other players in attendance, something that he was not aware of at the time.

That's great. I really didn't know."

White and teammate Ross Travis traveled to Madison and watched the Gophers face the Nittany Lions January 24th. He said that he enjoyed his visit.

"I thought that it was really nice school. We went down there and they ended up playing Penn State. It went into overtime and they won by single digits. I thought that the atmosphere there was just great. The entire stands, including the student section, was standing and cheering for their team. It was great place."

White said that he is working hard to improve his all-around game.

"To improve myself, I'm working on my quickness on the defensive and moving laterally. For offense, my ballhandling and you can always work on being a better shooter."

White finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds versus Apple Valley as he went up against 43 Hoops AAU teammate Tom Schalk, who finished with 28 points and eleven rebounds.

"I thought that it was really fun because I know him and we are kind of buddies. It was nice to go against him. You have to find a balance between friendship and being opponents. When I step on the floor, you can't have anyone as your friend."

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