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Carroll guard ready in size for Big Ten, awaits offers

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Carroll guard Chandler White, one of the better known basketball players in the area, might have gotten too strong too fast.

It’s a strange concept but not an unfamiliar one for Mark Adams, the coach of White’s AAU team. The rising junior, who is playing with some of the best guards in the country on one of the best 16-and-under AAU programs, has a Big Ten-worthy body right now.

Often, when coaches see that, they worry the player developed too soon.

“He falls into the stereotype that he was big and strong early, so they think people might catch up,” Adams said. “He’s perfect for the Big Ten in height and strength. He doesn’t have to grow anymore. He’s big and strong and athletic and handles the ball as good as anybody on our team.”

White is also the best rebounder at the guard spot for Indiana Elite 2015 and plays with two guards, Hyron Edwards of East Chicago and Jalen Coleman of Indianapolis Cathedral, who have a slew of high-major offers.

Edwards got offers from Indiana and Purdue during the last AAU circuit. The 5-foot-11 point guard also has an offer from Illinois and serious interest from Michigan.

Coleman has been on the college radar even longer and earned his offer from IU before playing a high school game. He sports offers from the Hoosiers, Purdue, Notre Dame and a host of others as a 6-4 combo guard.

White falls somewhere in the middle physically. He’s 6-2. But his only offers come from Boston College and Miami (Ohio). IU, Purdue and Michigan have shown interest but have not offered a scholarship.

“His perimeter ball-handling and his defense as well have all improved so much over the last year,” Adams said. “He’s been playing really well. He’s been more of a leader for us this year. So far, he’s been really, really good.”

Playing with Edwards and Coleman presents White an opportunity to show colleges that he is at their level and hasn’t reached a plateau skill-wise.

“It’s just really fun playing with them,” White said. “It helps me. The defense draws a lot of attention to them and gives me open looks, but overall we just play well together.”

The local prospect has been a boon for Adams, who has a small, guard-oriented roster. White can cover a lot of positions and has become a tenacious defender.

He’s earned high praise from a coach who groomed current Indiana player Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and the rest of the Hoosiers’ 2012 class.

“He’s looking tremendously better than what he has previously,” on defense, Adams said. “Offensively, he’s definitely a Big Ten guard.

“He keeps working on his defense, he can play anywhere, I think. I like him.”

White doesn’t let those words get to his head, and he doesn’t let the lack of attention alongside Edwards and Coleman get him down, either. Before heading back to Carroll in the fall, he wants to improve in as many ways as possible.

“I couldn’t wait for the season to start,” White said. “I’m mainly, working on my jump shot and my ball handling.”

smorrison@jg.net

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