Discipline was never something Paul White had to be taught.
White’s father put the basketball in Paul’s hands when Paul was just two years old, and it would appear that since that moment, Paul never stopped playing.
“My dad always tells a story about when I was a toddler, and I was playing on my miniature basketball hoop. My family kept trying to get me to come in for dinner, but I wouldn’t until I made a basket,” White told PGU
That same approach is in effect once again for White, who is entering his senior year of high school with a recently broken arm. An attempt to block a dunk went awry; White landed badly on his arm, and is slated to be out until early October. With upcoming official visits scheduled, including one to Arizona on September 6, an injury might be a discouraging setback, but White’s attitude is one of determination.
“I’ve still been working out,” he says. “I’ve actually been working a lot on my left hand.”
Prior to his injury, White had been having a summer that he describes as “productive” in terms of enhancing several aspects of his basketball game. Particular areas of focus were his level of aggressiveness—notably pushing the ball—and, as he explains, “the basics.”
White appears enthusiastic for his official visit to Arizona, echoing several other recruits in praise of the coaching staff.
“I have a great relationship with the coaches,” he says, “starting with Coach Richardson on up to Coach Miller.”
White also appears to fit head coach Sean Miller’s bid for a team comprised of players capable of filling different positions at various times. White believes that the feature of his game for which he receives the most attention from college coaches is his versatility.
“I think a lot of coaches view me as a special player at the college level because of my versatility,” he explains, adding that his decision as to a college is contingent upon the way he gels with the team.
“It’s important that they have the resources for me to become a better player,” he says.
In addition to being a versatile power forward, White has another role to add to his basketball résumé: coach. White coached a youth basketball league, which he enjoyed and found surprisingly enlightening.
“You look at the game from different angles,” he says. “You’re forced to decide what kind of moves you can make in a predicament. It tests your basketball IQ.”