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Spiders among final cut for top recruit White

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - Andrew White has a big decision ahead of him.  The top 60 recruit in the country has his pick of dozens of top college basketball programs in the country.  But that choice may not be as hard as the one to leave his high school less than 48 hours before the first day of his senior year.

White grew up in Chester, and he really grew before his freshman year at Thomas Dale. The son of a college basketball player, White grew almost a foot in one year, and that's when his father first started to believe that his son at a future in hoops.

White started at JV that year, and by the time the season was over, he was on varsity at Dale.  He would dominate the Central District over the next two years.

But in the summer before his senior season, White got involved with AAU Team Loaded, and also a traveling a team that played overseas.  His coach for that team was also the coach at the Miller School, a boarding school outside of Charlottesville.

The day before he was set to start his senior year, White made the difficult decision to transfer to the Miller School.   White says. "I was in a comfort zone and it was a real hard decision," White says. "But I knew I could better myself if I made the move."  In addition, White could reclassify as a junior, and get an extra year of playing prep ball.

At Miller, White hit the weights hard, and continued to focus on his game.  It was in the middle of that season that the phone calls began.  "Schools called, and I was like 'That's nice,'" says White. "But I just tried to stay focused and not let the recruiting change me."

But just a few calls turned into a barrage of texts and messages.  White's preliminary list of programs included 150 schools.  He received "around 45-50" Division 1 offers.

Now his list is officially down to nine - Kansas, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Miami, Florida State, and North Carolina State.

To his fans back home, one of those schools sticks out like a sore thumb.

"Richmond has shown me lots of love and support," says the 6'6" 210 lb shooting guard. "To be close to home would be big because I'm family-oriented."  White has attended a couple of Richmond games this year, and is father can often be found sitting in the front row.

White is taking the Thanksgiving weekend to talk with his family, and he says he'll make his college decision next week. 

College basketball coaches and fans all across the country will be on pins and needles. But for a player that once waited until the day before his high school year to switch schools, there's always a chance he could wait until the last minute.

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