Andrew White held several mid-major offers last year, but he believed that he had the ability to play on a higher level. That's when he decided to transfer from Chester (VA) Thomas Dale High School to Charlottesville's (VA) The Miller School in the fall. The move allowed him to reclassify and become a member of the 2012 recruiting class.
"We talked with the coach about individual development and there were a lot of positives to the move," said White. "I wanted to do something different, and it's a good boarding school that allowed me to get away from home and prepare for college. I think it was a good fit for me."
White had a productive season, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds while earning all-state honors. Also, he made huge strides in developing his game and body. White added 15 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-6 frame and now checks in at a sturdy 6-foot-6, 205-pounds.
"There were no secrets to it or magic," he said. "We had a weight room with simple machines and I put in the work. During the football season we had strength and conditioning five days a week, and after I got used to doing the routine provided for us I started to add my own workout to it. The results have paid off and really helped me on the court.
"I knew that to excel on the high-major level I had to get stronger and by putting in the work in high school I feel like I'll be able to go to college ready to contribute physically."
How has the added strength improved his game?
"It's helping me a lot because I'm getting more and-ones and finishing in traffic," White said. "I'm getting up the court a lot better, and I'm all over the rim now finishing. I feel the strength & conditioning has helped me make more 'WOW' plays that attract positive attention, but the biggest thing is it has helped me finish in the lane.
I also think it's improved my aggressiveness. Once I had the confidence to finish above the rim I looked to do it even more, and now I'm playing much more physical and aggressive on both ends. I'm staying in attack mode."
White really turned heads at the recent Pitt Jam Fest, as he helped lead Team Loaded to the championship game.
"He is the athletic presence on the wing for Team Loaded," Scout.com's Brian Snow wrote of White after the opening night. "A run and jump athlete, White really finishes well above the rim and showed an ability to put the ball on the deck and beat his defender. The shot looked fairly good out to the three point line, but it was an overall very impressive showing as his team cruised to an easy win."
"White is an athletic wing who can really score," Snow said following the event. "Now as a re-classified [rising] senior, White is showing the skills to be a high-major player. He can score off the bounce as well as make open shots. Also he plays hard and is a willing defender. There is no doubt that White is going to attract a lot more attention in very short order."
"I thought I played great," said White. "I played my best basketball towards the end and helped us get to the finals. I injured my hip and wasn't able to play in the title game against Team Takeover, and that was frustrating because I think I could have helped us win it."
White strained his hip flexor during the event and is currently undergoing physical therapy. He hopes to return to the court in a couple of weeks.
"I'm still nursing it," he said. "I haven't done any running or jumping in a week, and I'll be in physical therapy here soon. I've been doing my weight lifting, just no basketball activity.
"I'm hoping that I can take the next couple of weeks and get back ready because my goal is to return to the floor at the Southern Invitational which I think is on May 6th."
The injury had to be particularly frustrating for White, as he suffered it right before the start of the evaluation period.
"It was frustrating because I was playing my best basketball ever," he said. "Also, on Wednesday I had 12 high-major coaches coming to see me in open gym and I wasn't able to work out for them.
"I knew that was my time to peak and show what I could do, and I couldn't play in the games. It was tough to sit out... very frustrating."
White currently holds offers from Virginia Tech, USF, Richmond, and he says he has another 15 low- and mid-major scholarship offers. One school showing major interest is NC State, a program that he has heard all about from AAU teammate Tyler Lewis, a NC State commitment.
"Because Tyler was going there we heard a lot about NC State," stated White. "We knew they had a new coaching staff and Tyler and Mr. Lewis think very highly of them. They spoke highly of the coaches and the school, which obviously interested me."
White made his way to NC State on Saturday for an unofficial visit. What did he think of the trip?
"I really like the campus and the coaching staff," he said. "I couldn't find anything to complain about... it was great. Now, we didn't search in-and-out, but for the first visit, and with it being an unofficial, it went perfect.
"I was impressed by the RBC Center... that was outstanding. We checked out the locker rooms and coaching offices, and it was all top-notch. The facilities really stood out."
NC State assistant Rob Moxley is recruiting White for the Wolfpack, and he visited White during the evaluation period.
"I like coach Moxley a lot," said White. "I've started to get to know him pretty well. We've talked several times recently, and he's been real sincere about everything. I think he's really pushing the head coach to offer me a scholarship, but I understand their situation."
With NC State having a new staff in place the Wolfpack hasn't been able to fully evaluate White. He left them film from the Pitt Jam Fest to watch, and White says that he knows where he stands with the Wolfpack.
"I know it's real hectic with the coaching staff just getting there," he said. "They need some time to evaluate, and Mr. Lewis and Tyler have been talking to them about me too. I personally think it's just a matter of time before they offer me a scholarship.
"They hadn't seen me at all so I gave them some film. I'm in no real rush to make a decision anyways so we will see where things go."
As of now, White maintains that he is wide open.
"I don't have a top five or anything like that," he said. "I don't want any coaches to think I really like a certain school which may cause them to not offer or recruit me. I'm going to play it out and see what happens. I'm just looking for the right fit."
Should NC State offer they could certainly be in the mix as White has a great relationship with Lewis.
"I rally like playing with Tyler because they are a lot of guys who haven't played with a pure point guard before," White stated. "When you spot up or cut to the basket, you know he's going to find you every time and that's a good feeling. It makes my job easier because I'm a shooter who can slash to the basket. Playing with Tyler helps make me a better player.
"Also, he's a real good leader. He's put the team on his shoulders before and gives it everything he has when he's out there. He's one of those guys who leads by example, and it's obvious that you're seeing what an ACC player can do when he is out there."
"I think Andrew is very talented," Lewis said of White. "He plays strong and is real athletic. He's a good shooter... I think he's going to have an impact wherever he goes.
"I hope [NC State offers] him because if we do I think we'd have a very good shot at him."
White, who projects as a full qualifier, is in no hurry to make a decision, and he says that most of the teams in pursuit are recruiting him to play the shooting guard position.