4-Star Shooting Guard has Interest in USF

Reclassified 2012 Shooting guard Andrew White had a great season at the Miller School in Charlottesville, VA, and has been tearing up in AAU play this spring. USFNation.com spoke with 6'6, 210 pound 4-star guard and got the latest. Read on for all the details

Shooting guard Andrew White was a former Thomas Dale standout that now plays at the Miller School in Charlottesville, VA. The 6-6, 205-pounder was originally a class of 2011 prospect and had offers, but thought he had the talent to play at a higher level and decided to transfer to the Virginia prep school and be reclassified as a member of the 2012 recruiting class.

In his first season at the Miller School, White averaged 19.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Mavericks, earning first team all-state honors and first team All-county and improved in all areas of his game.

"I put in a lot of work physically and did a lot more in the weight room, working on my legs, overall strength and endurance," said White. "I think the hard work has paid off for me to improve my game so I can play at a high level."

White also plays for a talented Team Loaded in AAU, which helps him showcase his improved game. In the recent Pittsburgh Jam Fest Championship white showed his improved athleticism, strength and shooting touch while averaging 19 pts and 7 rebounds per game during the tourney.

"I've prepared for the next level and I feel that the game has slowed down for me and I can show a lot more versatility. I feel that I'm playing smarter, can create shots for myself, and at the same time I can get into the paint, work the boards and create for others as well."

The move was a good one as White is now rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 18 shooting guard in the nation according to scout.com, and schools have taken notice, showing interest and offering.

"I've had contact from a lot of schools and recruiting services have been coming by and I feel that I'm getting the attention that I deserve," said White. "If you count all my mid-majors I have about 17 offers and I have two high major offers from Virginia Tech and USF out of the BIG EAST."

"Of schools that haven't offered I'm also getting recruited hard by Wake Forest, NC State, and I'm getting a lot of high major attention," said White. "I would say NC State, Virginia Tech, USF, and Wake Forest are recruiting me the hardest."

White is being recruited by USF assistant Coach Reggie Hanson and talks about his interest in the USF basketball program.

"I've been dealing with Coach Hanson from USF, and he's come up to see me twice and sends me a lot of information so I can do some research on them," said White. "I'm a big fan of the Big East conference that USF plays in and love the Madison Square Garden tournament. It's a great showcase for top players."

"I've followed USF this past year. I like the staff, they have a young team and they're sponsored by under Armor and so is my AAU team," said White. "They've treated us well so I'm going to continue to follow them and I'm definitely a USF fan. They struggled a lot this year, but they're in the toughest conference and lost some players going in."

"I know of Coach Heath, but I've been dealing with Coach Hanson and coach Skeeters and they told me about how they're building a new practice facility and rebuilding their arena," said White. "I'm going to try and get down to their campus and see everything..

Currently White said he doesn't have a leader or is ready to name favorites while he does his research on the programs recruiting him.

"I'm not really choosing favorites right now," said White. "I'm keeping it open with it being so early in the process and I'm just trying to find a good fit."

White has taken several visits and plans on taking more sometime this summer.

"This year I've taken visits to UVA, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech,' said White. "I haven't set any other visits yet, but once I get my elite camp schedule I'll set a few and probably go to UVA, Wake Forest and a few others. USF wanted me to visit on one of my game days, but we have a lot of free time during the summer so I'm going to try and get down there then."

White carries a 3.4 GPA in the classroom and recruiting is important to the standout guard, but for now he's focused on his summer AAU schedule.

"Right now I'm just looking forward to my summer tour. I'm probably not going to be able to play in the Southern Invitational this weekend and I'm disappointed because I like to keep up my work on the court, but its best if I sit this one out. Next up is the Tournament of Champions," said White. "I've put a lot of hard work in, and I'm looking forward to showcasing my improved game and skills and hopefully get invited to the NBA top 100 camp."

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Andrew White's recruitment and the rest of the class of 2012.

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