Chaska forward Jake White recently picked up his first scholarship offer and the ball is likely just getting rolling towards several others. The 6-foot-7 standout produced 15 points a game for Chaska last year even though he was playing with several seniors that moved on to college basketball. This off-season Jake has been a regular in Iowa City and Madison plus tonight he's a guest of the Gophers for their exhibition opener.
Thus far Jake has received widespread interest. This fall Wisconsin, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State, Iowa, South Dakota State, William & Mary, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, and many others have been at Chaska open gyms to see Jake. White has also traveled to Wisconsin and Iowa for unofficial visits. In fact, he may have gone to Wisconsin twice this fall. Plus, in addition to the Iowa trip, it wasn't long ago that Jake was a standout at their elite camp in August. Despite all this strong interest nobody had pulled the trigger on an offer, until this weekend.
"It was treat for Jake on Halloween," said Jake's father Brian White. "Last Saturday head coach Gregg Marshall from Wichita State offered him. This Jake's first offer. Jake also accepted an offer to take in the first Gopher game."
The Shockers have started to recruit Minnesota harder with Marshall and assistant Chris Jans hot on the trail of some of the finest talent in state. Wichita State has been after Jake for a while as he said back in late September that they were one of three schools contacting him regularly.
"I would say that Iowa, Wichita State, and Northern Iowa are recruiting me the hardest."