Sunday, September 15, 2013
ESPN 100 PF White picks Georgetown
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 power forward Paul White (Chicago/Whitney Young) ended his recruitment on Sunday, committing to Georgetown while on an official visit. He picked the Hoyas over finalist Miami (Fla.), where he visited last weekend, along with Arizona, Connecticut, Minnesota and hometown DePaul.
The four-star White is a great get for Georgetown coach John Thompson III. A talented and skilled forward ranked No. 57 overall, he fits the Hoyas' style on both ends of the floor.
Why did he pick Georgetown and what will he bring to the Hoyas? Let's break it down.
Why he committed: This commitment has assistant Tavaras Hardy written all over it. He already had established an relationship with White. Also it didn't hurt that former Whitney Young teammate L.J. Peak pledged to the Hoyas back in July. Also, with the success coach Thompson has had with versatile forwards such Jeff Green, Otto Porter and Greg Whittington, the system was likely a great selling point. White had been on campus unofficially in late June, so he had developed a feel for the Hoyas program.
ESPN 100 power forward Paul White of Chicago Whitney Young picked Georgetown over several other schools.
What he brings: White has great length, standing at least 6-foot-8. He is extremely versatile and skilled and can be a matchup nightmare on the offensive end of the floor inside and out when he is locked in and in full attack mode. He has a excellent mid-range game and is a crafty scorer in and around the lane with good feel and touch to go along with being a terrific passer. White is fun to watch, making scoring moves along the baseline. He also helps on the glass on both ends of the floor. White, who ran with Meanstreets, is in the final stages of rehabbing a broken arm that cut his July evaluation period short. He should be back and at full strength sooner rather than later.
How he fits: White should be a hand-in-glove fit for the Princeton-style offense because of his versatility and skill set. He can play on the wing, in the high post and low post within the offense. Versatile forwards who can score and pass excel in the offense, and White can do both at a high level. Thompson will have the luxury of moving White around, depending on matchups, to take full advantage of his ability to make plays in the lane or on the perimeter.
Reminds us of: White reminds us of recent versatile forwards who wore the Hoyas uniform, such as Jeff Green, Otto Porter and Greg Whittington. White has the length, skill, versatility, basketball IQ and upside to complete the comparison.
How the class is shaping up: White, who is the fifth-best player in the senior class from the fertile recruiting ground of Illinois, joins power forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster) and small forward Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney), who are both ESPN 100 performers. Add on-the-cusp ESPN 100 PG Tre Campbell (Washington/St. Johns College High) and Georgetown is not only bringing in good talent, but great all-around system fits with tremendous upside. Expect Thompson to add one more to this class, preferably a post, and word on the street is that Texas big man Elbert Robinson (Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centennial) is at the top of the wish list.