Georgetown Class of 2014 recruit Paul White is on Georgetown's campus right now for an official visit that has many Georgetown fans eager in anticipation for a commitment.
White saw his 247Sports.com-ranking fall from 59th to the 86th ranked player in the class of 2014 after breaking his arm at the Nike Peach Jam tournament in July. The 6'9 junior put up big numbers in the tournament before the unfortunate injury, and is now considered a likely steal for whichever school ends up taking a chance on him.
"That was such an unfortunate injury for White," said 247Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer. "He was starting to hit his stride and was playing some good basketball in July."
Here are some of White's AAU highlights from earlier in his junior year:
White is currently in the final stages of rehabbing his arm, but that hasn't stopped him from scheduling official visits. White suppressed a lot speculation early in the recruiting process by narrowing his list of schools to 5 in August and they were,in no particular order, Arizona, Georgetown, DePaul, Minnesota and Connecticut. He already has official visits scheduled with Connecticut (September 27), Minnesota (October 5) and DePaul (October 26).
White, however, "opened things back up" last weekend by dropping the official visit he had scheduled to Arizona in wake of their recently garnered commitment from class of 2014 PF Craig Victor. That commitment, in essence, pulled Arizona from the running and in their place emerged a new contender in Miami, where took an official visit to last weekend instead.
"Paul and his family took the information, gave it some consideration and thought, and decided it was best for everyone involved if he did open things back up and revisit things," said Whitney Young (White's high school) coach Tyrone Slaughter of the decision. "I believe he owes it to himself to open it back up and listen to people who may be interested."
After White's visit to Miami, he had this to tweet:
I'm on my way back to Chicago. This weekend was so damn fun. 😂😎👌— Paul White (@_PW13) September 8, 2013
Still, recruits will say this after most any school they visit, so don't look too far into it. Most feel that Georgetown is still the current leader in the recruiting chase. 247Sports.com insider Michael Bohlin reported that White does however want to take all 5 of his official visits before making a decision in early November.
"Everyone wants to play, and that's a main concern for me," White told The Chicago Sun-Times. "But I will look at a lot of different things. What kind of system do they play? Is it a system that I can be successful in? Is it a place where I will have a chance to really get better with the resources they have? I don't want to take a risk. I want to make the right choice."
White certainly wouldn't be making the wrong choice by committing to the Hoyas, who project as the perfect fit for his skillset. He needs to get stronger, that much is certain, but his impressive midrange game is such that he could still contribute to the program immediately. Many liken his game to Otto Porter and feel that he has a certain smoothness that would fit perfectly alongside a bruiser like, say, Elbert Robinson. He projects as a four-year player, which would add a certain stability that the Hoyas could definitely use. We will be updating White's status post-Hilltop visit in the upcoming days.