April 16, 2012
The Miller School's Andrew White signed his official letter of intent to join the Kansas University basketball team on Monday. He was joined by more than 50 family and friends at Alumni Gym when he confirmed his previous verbal commitment to the Jayhawks.
"It's a good feeling to see my recruiting process come to an end on a strong note," said White. "I wouldn't choose it any other way than to have my family here who has supported me along this road."
White was in New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four last month when his future team finished as national runner-up to Kentucky. He said seeing the Jayhawks make it to the title game just one year before his arrival is pure motivation.
"It just inspires me to get back to that level," said White. "I really want to put the team before myself because I know that's what it takes to get that far. It was just an inspiration to want to win and better myself."
White said he hopes to contribute to the team as early as next season, adding that the expectation matches that of the Kansas coaches.
"I have an opportunity to go in and compete for minutes," he said. "So nothing was handed to me but if I can go in and shoot the ball well, which is one of my strengths, and defend and rebound then I should be able to get on the court as a freshman which would mean a lot."
"He has a unique skill set, a 6'6 shooter," added Miller head basketball coach Scott Willard. "Any team, whether it's the Big 12 or any top 25 team can use a 6'6 skilled guy. He's worked for it, he's earned it and today's a special day to see that all come together."
White was rated as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and ESPN and chose KU over schools like Georgetown, North Carolina State, and Richmond.