It isn't every day that a four-star player takes a visit to Saint Louis University. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday, however, as combo guard Jimmy Whitt took in the sights and sounds of the Jewel of Midtown.
"I started talking to Coach [Jim] Platt about a month and a half ago, we kept in touch about tournaments, talked about the July season so Coach [Jim] Crews could see me," he told BillikenReport.com. "I was born in Saint Louis and I have family in Saint Louis, so me and my dad thought it would be a cool opportunity to see the campus and find out what SLU was like."
At six-foot-two, Whitt can play both guard positions, and the Billikens are really looking for a guard to add in the 2015 class.
Saint Louis did not extend an offer on the visit, but made it clear that there was a reason. They want to build a relationship with the young Columbia, Mo. native.
"I think that's a testament to Coach Crews and his philosophy," he said. "He doesn't just want good players, he wants all-around players. I like how they want to make sure it's high character players on the team. They are up front and truthful with you. You know you're going to be around great people."
After spending time speaking with the coaching staff, Whitt and his father sat down with strength and conditioning coach Erik Schork to discuss the potential Whitt has to grow at SLU.
"It really helped me put them in perspective," he said. "Now I have to start thinking about the school and start thinking about how I would fit in."
With so many schools coming into the mix, including North Carolina and Kansas recently, it will be interesting to see what ultimately tips the scales for the talented baller. He gave an insight into what it will take to capture his services.
"What it really comes down to is the style of play, my biggest strength is coming off of ball screens," he said. "I want to be somewhere where they allow the guards to make plays, build that relationship and that family type environment."
Having traveled all across the country for AAU this season, he doesn't see a burnout time in sight just yet.
"It only happens once in your life, the recruiting process," he said. "So many players try to be in your position and I am just blessed to have these opportunities, so I'm trying to live it up while I can."
Whitt said he hopes to narrow things down after the July period "to five to eight schools" and go from there with his recruitment.
"The level of the school isn't important," he said. "Every team wants to make it to the NCAA Tournament. Not just high majors are going to make it. I just want to go to a school where I can perform to my optimal ability."
Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels saw Whitt recently and had this to say about his game:
"Playing with L.J. Goolsby's KC Run GMC team, Whitt has proved to be a talented scorer, especially from the mid-range area. But he's also a talented passer, a good athlete and a good on the ball defender."
Whitt Talks SLU Visit, Recruiting
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