INDIANAPOLIS -- Chandler White understands the value of patience. The Carroll basketball standout has one more shot at this travel ball grind, and he intends to take full advantage.
White is playing for the third straight season with the powerhouse Indiana Elite 2015 squad. He already has scholarship offers from Ball State, Indiana State and Boston College. Maybe, with a strong couple of months, he can land some more, and there are plenty of signs that he will.
“I'll decide after the summer,” he says. “That will be a good time to see what offers I've had and who is the most interested.”
Interest is strong for this 6-3 junior guard, and it grew after a solid performance in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. Coaches from Long Island-Brooklyn, Western Illinois and Western Kentucky called, and he'll get plenty of tourney opportunity to make impress them before the summer season ends in late July.
What is White looking for in a college program?
“The coaching staff, who I'll be playing with and what kind of style they play.”
White does not thrive with flash, although he has his moments, and showed that at Indianapolis North Central High School this past weekend as part of the adidas May Classic. Indiana Elite 2015 coach Mark Adams calls him “a strong guard and a good teammate.”
“He is really unselfish. This is his third year with us, and he's been great.”
That doesn't mean White is a finished product. There's much to improve for his final season at Carroll and then beyond.
“Shooting outside on the perimeter and dribbling are my main two areas I'm working on, but it's more shooting,” he said.
White projects as a shooting guard in college, just as he's been at Carroll (he's scored more than 1,000 points in high school), where Jake Graham has run the show.
“I didn't play a whole lot of point guard (in high school) because we have a good point guard,” White says. “I mainly played the 2 (shooting guard).”
White could handle a limited point guard role, but he says college coaches “want to develop me into more of a shooter. So I've worked on shooting a lot. Not so much point guard.”
White is part of a talented Indiana Elite team that also includes guards Hyron Edwards, Kyle Guy and stock-is-rising-big-time Ryan Cline. The team bounced back from a 3-2 finish in its last tourney in Dallas by going 6-0 this past weekend at Indianapolis's adidas Classic to win the U-17 championship.
Indiana Elite annually plays one of the nation's top travel ball schedules, and this season is no exception. Trips to Orlando and Las Vegas are coming, as well as another tourney this weekend in Indianapolis.
“The Dallas trip was good,” White says. “We played against great players. It was fun. I like playing against that great competition. I think my teammates do, too.”
Does all the travel ever get old?
Not even close.
“It's fun. I mean, Dallas, Orlando, Las Vegas -- those are all great places to spent time and have fun with my teammates. That's the main thing. When you're in Orlando and in Dallas, you don't have a lot of free time, but when we're in Las Vegas, we have five days to relax and sight see.”
Still, even in travel ball, winning matters and improving is crucial. White understands that.
“The spring has gone well, but as a team we need to come out better in the beginning of games and execute our sets.
“It's mainly about winning and having a good end to my AAU season.”
And then, of course, there's one more shot at a championship at Carroll, which returns a veteran squad that finished 15-9.
“We'll be good,” he says.
And then, turning to his Indiana Elite teammates, “I think it will be a good spring.”