Whitt Enters UNC Radar

During the spring evaluation period in late April, North Carolina's basketball staff watched a number of potential recruits. One new name that joined UNC's 2015 radar as a result was guard Jimmy Whitt.

Whitt, a 6-foot-2 combination guard from Columbia (Mo.) Hickman that plays with KC Run GMC in the spring and summer, said he was on top of his game that weekend.

"After the Jayhawk [Invitational], recruiting really shot up," Whitt said. "I feel like I played very well. I feel like it translated to the other two tournaments that we played. I think I've played at a high-level, but I also feel like I can take it to a whole new level."

"When I'm on my P's and Q's, I bring a lot of leadership, but I can also bring scoring from the mid-range," Whitt added about his game. "That's my bread and butter, my mid-range jump shot. I feel like I can knock that down consistently."

While Whitt has a scoring mentality, he's also a strong ball handler and a very good passer with impressive vision. Those tools will help him when he attempts to transition into an on-the-ball role down the road.

"I'm a combo guard and that's what the college coaches are recruiting me as," Whitt said. "They say I can play both positions. I feel myself moving in the future, that I'll have to translate more into a point guard type role because of my height."

"Lately I've been working on my point guard skills, reading defenses, not only setting things up for myself and getting better at setting things up for my teammates," he added.

Following the April evaluation period, Whitt picked up six new scholarship offers, plus interest from North Carolina, Indiana and Kansas.

"Before then I talked a lot with K-State, Mizzou, Arkansas, Colorado, Wake Forest and Illinois," Whitt said. "Those are a lot of schools that have been in my phone and they text me a lot. SMU too. They all just keep up with me and see how I'm doing."

"I've been to unofficial visits to the schools that are close and convenient like K-State and Oklahoma," he said. "I've done unofficials like those. I'm planning to take officials after the summer circuit is over."

Whitt, who averaged 22.5 points a game as a junior, also took a recent unofficial visit to Missouri.

Like many schools, UNC assessed Whitt's play for the first time at the Jayhawk Invitational. Shortly after the event, an assistant called Whitt to gather more information about him and where he'd be playing in July.

"I talked to them a couple weeks ago," he said about UNC. "(Assistant coach Steve Robinson) said he was down at the Jayhawk and he happened to see me and he really liked what he saw."

"They don't know me too well because they've been recruiting the Nike EYBL circuit," Whitt added. "He said he wanted to touch base and that they were definitely going to watch more in July and that he was going to try and get the head coach out to see a couple of games in July."

North Carolina has reached out to Whitt one other time.

"I heard from them that one time and then a couple of days later he texted me and we just talked, nothing too serious," Whitt said.

Going forward, Whitt's plan for his recruitment is to play through July, begin narrowing his list in the early fall and then make a college choice before his final high school season.

"I know I want to do it sometime before the first game of my high school season," Whitt said. "I want to commit so I can go through my senior season relaxed."

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