Jasmine Whitfield Recruiting Update

South Oldham High School's class of 2012 guard Jasmine Whitfield is becoming a national name in women's basketball recruiting. She has already received several offers and is hearing from many more. She's visiting one of those schools Sunday through Tuesday with the hope of adding another offer to her list.

Whitfield is a senior guard from South Oldham High School in Crestwood, Kentucky, and at 5'11 the talented guard can play anywhere from the 1 to the 3 position. She explained her game and her work this off-season to improve her skills as a point guard.

"I think that I have really good court vision," she said. "I see plays before they happen and I know who to get the ball to. I also am strong at beating people off the dribble and going toward the basket rather than just being an outside shooter."

With good size, speed, and ball handling ability, Whitfield is working to be more of an all-around player for the next level.

"As far as improving, I definitely think I need to start working out more and building my strength up," she added. "I also need to be more consistent with my shooting and I am going to continue to work on that."

Kentucky has always been a hotbed for talented basketball players for both men and women. Whitfield is seeing schools come from all over the nation to try and lure her out of the bluegrass state.

"Mississippi State is talking to me a lot, and I've been offered scholarships by Western Kentucky, Austin Peay, and the University of Delaware," she said. "Also calling me are Eastern Kentucky, Virginia Tech, and I've also heard from Michigan."

She was clear the Bulldogs were at the top of her list when asked to talk about her favorites at this point in the process.

"Mississippi State has not offered me yet, but I am going to their camp this weekend though," she informed us. "I am very interested in them and that is why I signed up for their camp. I want to see if I can go down there and hopefully show off my skills and earn an offer. That is my goal and I really hope it happens."

If the offer does come for Whitfield out of camp, it seems that she would find a nice fit for her choice in what she hopes to find in a future college.

"I'm looking for a place that has a good family atmosphere," she said. "Also, a great education is very important to me and is what I am mainly going. I just want a good fit as well as basketball goes, and just a place I can be happy at and enjoy my four years there in school."

As with all talented basketball players, the off-season remains the time when the best of the best separate themselves. Whitfield is hoping her time this summer proves beneficial for her chances at the next level.

"I'll be working out and working on improving my strength mostly this summer," she said. "I'll also be working with my AAU team and we will be going to a lot of exposure events to get me seen. My summer will just be all basketball and working on improving my game and getting ready for my senior season."

Jasmine Whitfield plays for the Kentucky Premier AAU team, but she is exploring some more options for teams to play for. Her desire is to play for a team that will have maximum exposure to college coaches.

She also added that she is in no hurry to make a final decision. She wants to explore all of her options and involve her family and coaches in the decision. But if Mississippi State makes the offer this weekend, don't be surprised to see the versatile guard make her decision to play in Starkville.

Drew White is a recruiting writer for GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing andrewlawrencew@hotmail.com.

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