In fact, LaSalle was one of the only programs that had the then 6-foot-7 forward on their radar. Fast forward a year later and the 6-foot-9 senior forward scored attention from Georgetown, Texas, Maryland, DePaul and Clemson.
"It was a surprise because I didn't really think I was a good player," Whittington said. "I thought I was an average player. I just got better and recruiting picked up."
On Sunday just after an unofficial visit to Georgetown, Whittington, of Columbia (Md.) Oakland Mills, gave a verbal commitment to John Thompson III and his Hoyas staff.
"Georgetown is a good place for me to fit in," Whittington told Scout.com. "I like the way they play. I think I can contribute there."
Whittington, who averaged 23.5 points and 11.6 rebounds a game his senior year, said Georgetown separated themselves from the pack by including their head coach in the recruiting process early on.
"They brought the head coach in early," Whittington said. "They just showed me a lot of love. I just love the way they play."
He also cited Georgetown's location as a key factor in his recruitment.
"I didn't want to go to far away," he added. I'm close to home and my family and friends can come see me play."