Class of 2014 four star forward Paul White has committed to Georgetown. White, the 54th ranked player in the Class of '14, took an official visit to Georgetown this weekend and announced his commitment this morning. Per the Chicago Sun-Times:
"While on my visit here it made me realize this is the place for me," says White of his commitment to Georgetown. "I felt that comfort level I was looking for with the coaching staff, the players and the environment here. It's a wonderful school with a great basketball tradition and atmosphere. This was the place I could easily see myself going to school and playing."
Georgetown became a major player in White's recruitment when assistant coach Tavaras Hardy joined the staff. The former Northwestern assistant coach had built a relationship with White prior to his move to Georgetown. White visited Georgetown unofficially in late June.
Hardy also helped land former Whitney Young star and White's teammate, L.J. Peak. Though Peak has moved back to South Carolina for his senior year, the 6-5 wing played last season with White and the Dolphins.
While on his visit, head coach John Thompson III and his staff sat White down and showed video of the player they hope he can become.
"They showed film of Jeff Green, a player they believe has capabilities similar to what I have," says White of the former Georgetown All-American who now plays in the NBA. "They showed how he excelled in their system and in their style of play."
Here are some of White's AAU highlights from earlier in his junior year:
White is currently in the final stages of rehabbing a broken arm suffered during this July's Peach Jam, but that hadn't stopped him from scheduling five official visits to Arizona, Georgetown, DePaul, Minnesota and Connecticut. However, after Arizona cancelled his visit last weekend and he took one to Miami instead, White was ready to commit to the Hoyas this weekend.
White made the right choice by committing to the Hoyas, as he has the perfect skillset for Georgetown's offense. 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.
Paul White a great fit at Georgetown-skill set perfect for their system. Keep him motivated and you've got an impact player.— Jeremy Woo (@Jeremy_Woo) September 15, 2013
Many liken his game to Otto Porter or Jeff Green and feel that he has a certain smoothness that would fit perfectly alongside a bruiser like, say, Elbert Robinson.
White joins an already impressive '14 class that includes highly ranked forward Isaac Copeland (37th), wing LJ Peak (76th) and point guard Tre Campbell (115th).
Georgetown be crackin'.— Paul White (@_PW13) September 15, 2013
Georgetown be crackin' indeed.
Welcome to the Hilltop, Paul White!