FREE: 4-Star PG is Visiting SMU this Summer

Adam caught up with 4-star PG Jimmy Whitt to hear his visit plans. Get the details here!

The way Larry Brown has traveled the country to watch recruits play this season, you would think he was a music act on tour.

He's had stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Shreveport, and a number of other cities to watch top high schoolers play and meet them in person.

Another destination for Brown in February was Kansas City, Missouri, to watch four-star 2015 point guard Jimmy Whitt play for his high school, Hickman.

"It went pretty good. He came out for the championship game of a tournament and we ended up winning that tournament," Whitt said. "I played good so it was an all-around all-good visit. I talked to him a little after the game but he had to fly out so I just texted him."

Whitt keeps in regular contact with SMU assistant coaches, especially K.T. Turner, his primary recruiter.

"They text me all the time and check in. I keep them updated on how I'm doing and stuff," Whitt said. "I actually just texted (K.T.) today. He was just catching up about summer season and when we start and stuff."

"They make a real good connection with you with basketball and without basketball. I definitely feel like they do a good job of that."

Following SMU this season, Whitt has been impressed with the fan support at Moody.

"What I really like is not just their style of play and stuff, but just the atmosphere I see on TV when I watch and follow up on them," Whitt said. "They have a really great atmosphere and fan base and I really like that with a school."

With summer quickly approaching, Whitt hopes to be able to come to Dallas and visit SMU.

"We've talked about going this summer and making it down to Dallas," Whitt said. "We're supposed to make a tournament in Houston so after that my family and I may just try to make the drive up to Dallas."

While classified as a point guard, Whitt is a pure scorer with the ability to drive and space the floor with his shooting. His AAU coach L.J. Goolsby of the KC Run GMC described Whitt as more of combo guard because "he likes to score and he does that well so you don't want to take that away from him."

For his part, Whitt agrees with his coach's assessment.

"I think that's pretty accurate because with my high school team I play more of the point guard but we have another kid who's a point guard so we switch on and off," Whitt said. "And I think I work well as a combo guard because I know I can play both positions very well."

This is good news considering that the Mustangs have already picked up a commitment in the class of 2015 from a traditional point guard, Sedrick Barefield. Whitt feels his skill set could compliment Barefield's.

"I definitely think (we could play together) because I have experience playing the two-guard," Whitt said. "On my AAU team I actually started out as a shooting guard so I could play with a traditional point guard."

Whitt has been recruited by a variety of schools. He holds offers from Arkansas, Creighton, Kansas State, Missouri, Colorado, Tulsa, Wichita State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, among others. He also has received interest from the likes of Kansas, Indiana, California, Illinois, and Ohio State.

With these options all over the country, Whitt says geography will not be a factor in his decision.

"I've talked to my parents about it and if I feel like it's the best situation for me then they said they'll support me 110 percent," Whitt said. "They said the distance doesn't matter because no matter what they're going to make it out to my games."

Whitt says right now his recruitment is wide-open but he hopes to "explore every option" before narrowing down his list towards the end of the summer with the hopes of making a decision before his senior season of high school ball starts.

Whitt just finished a successful junior campaign at Hickman, taking his team all the way to the Missouri Class Five State Championships before losing the final game in overtime last Saturday. In the championship match, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound junior collected 29 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, and two blocked shots.

"I just felt like my junior year, I felt like there were a lot of things I improved on from my sophomore year. We went back to the Final Four and made it to the championship but just couldn't get the win," Whitt said. "Overall, I felt I had a great junior year that I can build on for next year and hopefully get us back to that same spot."

Whitt is on spring break now and is taking a quick break after finishing his high school campaign, but will soon be back at work preparing for summer AAU season.

"I think this summer I'm going to spend more time in the weight room (to improve) strength-wise and physicality-wise while improving my basketball skills all-around."

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