During the spring evaluation period in late April, North Carolina's basketball staff watched a…
Whitt having big spring
Jimmy Whitt, a 6-foot-2 combination guard out of Columbia (Mo.) Columbia-Hickman, has been one of the most improved prospects of the spring. Playing with L.J. Goolsby's KC Run GMC team, Whitt has proved to be a talented scorer, especially from the mid-range area. But he's also a talented passer, a good athlete and a good on the ball defender. "When I'm on my P's and Q's, I bring a lot of leadership, but I can also bring scoring from the mid-range," Whitt told Scout.com. "That's my bread and butter, my mid-range jump shot. I feel like I can knock down that consistently." "When I'm playing great defense, I like to guard the best players and the top guards on the other end," Whitt added. "When my teammates see me go on the defensive end, it picks everyone up and is motivation for us to play even harder." Although he has a scorer's mentality, Whitt has the tools at his disposal to spend some time on the ball in college. "I'm a combo guard and that's what the college coaches are recruiting me as," Whitt said. "They say I can play both positions. I feel myself moving in the future, that I'll have to translate more into a point guard type role because of my height. "Lately I've been working on my point guard skills, reading defenses, not only setting things up for myself and getting better at setting things up for my teammates," he added. Whitt is a four-star recruit Following the only spring evaluation period in late April, Whitt added six new scholarship offers. "After the Jayhawk, recruiting really shot up," he said. "I feel like I played very well. I feel like it translated to the other two tournaments that we played. I think I've played at a high-level, but I also feel like I can take it to a whole new level." Whitt also added new interest from Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina. "Before then I talked a lot with K-State, Mizzou, Arkansas, Colorado, Wake Forest and Illinois," he added. "Those are a lot of schools that have been in my phone and they text me a lot. SMU too. They all just keep up with me and see how I'm doing." Whitt has taken unofficial visits to local schools like Kansas State, Oklahoma and Missouri. His last trip was to Missouri to meet with their new coach. "I went up to meet with coach [Kim] Anderson and the new staff," Whitt said. "I went to meet with them, so we had a great talk. They just introduced themselves since we hadn't had a chance to talk with how busy they were with being hired. We hadn't really had a chance to touch base." "It was really cool to be able to sit down with the coaching staff and talk to coach Anderson about his philosophy and how he likes to play and his coaching style and how he sees me fitting in," he added. Whitt, who averaged 22.5 points a game as a junior, plans to begin narrowing his list of schools to five to eight following the July evaluation periods. He'll then work towards a decision before his senior season begins. "I know I want to do it sometime before the first game of my high school season," Whitt said about his college decision. "I want to commit so I can go through my senior season relaxed."
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