West Virginia University was stop No. 2 for prep star Andrew White on his official visit tour this fall as he looks to narrow down his focus on the schools he's considering for his future.
Fresh off a trip to Kansas the week before, White – a 6-foot-6, 210-pound athlete from Chester, Va. – made his second appearance in Morgantown, but his first in an official capacity.
"I've built a relationship with Coach [Bob] Huggins and Coach [Larry] Harrison and all of the players already know about me, so I just kind of went up there to get to see the school again in a different kind of atmosphere," says White. "There wasn't a whole lot for me to find out because it's a school I'm already very interested in."
The atmosphere, what with the cold temperatures and the rain, may not have been ideal, but White has learned enough in his time dealing with the Mountaineers that he was able to look past those aesthetics to the bigger picture.
He toured the facilities, picked the brains of those people who make up the program and got a chance to see the WVU players in action for a sense of what the daily routine would be like just weeks before practice officially opens for the Mountaineers.
"I watched them workout and got a chance to talk to them and see how they play and how they describe themselves," he says. "After seeing them workout, I can see where I fit in with the new guys."
White played more of a small forward role this past summer with Team Loaded, but all his talks with WVU have been about the shooting guard position. With his height, he creates a major mismatch with many defenders and he says one of his biggest attributes is his ability to rise up and make shots off one or two dribbles.
People around him use the Ray Allen comparison, but White hasn't yet bought into the idea that he's all that similar to the NBA's all-time 3-point leader.
Seeing West Virginia's freshmen go through the grind of a Mountaineer workout, he knows that he too would have an opportunity to pack on the muscle should he choose WVU. Because of that, White feels the best thing to do in the meantime is work on every other aspect of his body and his game.
"I think there are a lot of things that I need to work on like being able to play at that speed of the game right away," says White. "I have the skills that I feel like I can play at that level, so my main focus is getting my skills up so I can play at a faster speed."
White knows the Big East prides itself on being a physical league on the court and if he continue to develop the way he plans to, he believes he'd be ready to star in it. At the same time, he hears all the talks about conference changes and he knows that a few of the schools he's interested in have been involved in the discussion.
He makes every attempt not to let those factors play into his decision.
"I pay attention to it the best I can, but there's a new rumor about the conferences every day," he says. "I try to keep that in mind, but for the most part I'm looking at the school, not the conference."
White has visits scheduled to Texas and Louisville in the coming weeks and then will decide on which school gets his fifth and final official sometime after that.
He would like to have a decision made prior to the November signing period, but would rather take his time to make the right choice than rush just to meet an early deadline.