White Recaps NC State Visit

Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School guard Andrew White has taken several unofficial visits over the past few weeks, and on Monday he was in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting the NC State Wolfpack.

Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School guard Andrew White has taken several unofficial visits over the past few weeks, and on Monday he was in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting the NC State Wolfpack.

"We had a very good trip and a smooth ride down to NC State," said White, who checked out the Wolfpack with his family. "It was different because that was the first time I was able to talk to the staff on campus with an offer on the table.

"The coaches talked about what they needed from my recruiting class and what other guys they were targeting. They talked about how I was a priority for their class, and I could fill a big need for them. Overall, NC State is hoping to bring in a big class, and because the team is young it could potentially be a foundation class for them."

White, who is being recruited by Wolfpack assistant Rob Moxley, pointed out several times that NC State made him feel like a priority.

"The best part of the visit for me was touring the campus with the entire coaching staff," he said. "I was able to ask any questions that I had, and they answered them for me. That was a good feeling.

"There was probably eight other people with me, and I felt like I was a priority because of the attention I received. It let me feel like they care for me as a person."

NC State's coaches informed White that they are recruiting him to play shooting guard.

"They feel like I can come in and play that shooting guard spot for them," said White. "The coaches said that the need is there for a couple of wing guards to come in and do well."

White has had a chance to talk with a lot of coaches throughout this process, but his visit to NC State led to conversations he hadn't previously had on unofficial visits.

"It was interesting because not only did I speak with the coaches, but I met a bunch of different people who are very important at the university," said White. "We spoke to the chancellor and vice chancellor at NC State, and I also was able to talk with the head academic advisor and the academic advisor who specifically works with the basketball team. We also had a conversation with the athletic director.

"Those are five powerful people at the school. It was something different for me. I've spoken to a lot of academic advisors on my other visits, but that was the first time I had a chance to sit down and talk with an athletic director or chancellor."

White also had a chance to tour the facilities before leaving NC State.

"I had played in Reynolds Coliseum for the Bob Gibbons Tournament, and I saw the RBC Center once before, but I was able to get another good look at everything in detail this time around," he said. "They are making a bunch of new upgrades that were impressive. I saw the new lounge, they are fixing up the Dail Center... a lot of upgrades.

"I also checked out the weight room and talked in-depth for about thirty minutes with the strength coach. He gave me some ideas on things I could do differently and improve so that was real good."

White has been one of the hottest recruits in the 2012 class. He made a name for himself on the AAU circuit playing alongside NC State commitment Tyler Lewis with Team Loaded. Has Lewis been talking to White about joining him in Raleigh?

"I talked to Tyler right before my visit to NC State," said White. "He was telling me he wanted me to go there. He's always talking up NC State to me, but it's not in a pushy way. We talk about other things too and he just mentions from time-to-time how fun it would be to have an AAU teammate to play with in college too."

Landing White won't be easy for NC State as he is a major priority for several programs. Currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 53 player in his class by Scout.com, White holds offers from NC State, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Texas, Maryland, Memphis, Richmond, Louisville, and Virginia Tech among others.

"I don't have a set top five, but during the spring and summer I kept some notes of who has been calling and coming to my games," said White. "Even though I haven't narrowed it down officially, I kind of have an idea of who I like.

"As of now I don't have plans for any other visits. I'll leave it up to my dad, and he'll plan the visits accordingly."

While he admits that he doesn't have a leader, White says that his recruitment could end as soon as he finds what he is looking for.

"I would like to maybe take a couple of unofficial visits even after school starts, and I would probably take at least two official visits," he said. "At anytime if I feel a commitment is what I need to do then that is what I will do.

"I don't have a set timetable, but I am just trying to make sure I evaluate my recruitment and make the best possible decision."

What will White be looking for in a school when the time comes to make a decision?

"Other than winning, I want to be able to develop and develop early through game experience," he said. "I just want to have something in place where I can improve my skills the best that I can. I'll work hard in school, and location isn't huge right now.

"I'm looking for a place to develop and have the support that is necessary to potentially reach the next level."

There aren't many better basketball recruits to interview than 2012 standout Andrew White. Extremely polite and humble, White is appreciative of the position that he is currently in. Just a few months ago he held a couple of mid-major offers, and a year ago at this time he probably didn't even have those. Now he is a coveted recruit being pursued by some of the best basketball programs in the country.

Following our interview, he wanted to make sure to acknowledge those close to him.

"Will you do me a favor and add in something for me," White asked. "Please just put in there that I want to thank all my coaches, my teammates, my family, and friends for all their help along the way. Without them, the opportunities that I now have probably wouldn't be there for me."

Whoever lands Andrew White will be landing a big-time player with elite character.


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