INDIANAPOLIS -- Chandler White wasn't about to let little things like the out-of-bounds line, a chair, a player, a coach, and another court get in the way of going for a steal.
Hey, there was a game to win, college coaches to impress and scholarship offers to earn.
So there was the Carroll standout, sacrificing his body for Indiana Elite 2015 in a bruising adidas Invitational game at North Central High School. He didn't get the steal against Brookwood Bounce Elite, but he showed energy, passion and toughness, attributes that don't go unnoticed during July's college basketball evaluation period.
White, a 6-2 shooting guard, was on his way to a game-high 15 points in front of several dozen college basketball coaches, including Purdue associate head coach Jack Owens and Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley.
Indiana hasn't shown much interest in White -- its main Indiana Elite targets are Hyron Edwards and Jalen Coleman -- but Purdue has. While Boiler coach Matt Painter hasn't offered a scholarship, White has gotten his attention through the quality of his play and the quality of his associates.
Boilermaker freshman Bryson Scott, the former Northrop standout, is one of White's best friends.
“He's trying to recruit me to come there, too,” White says. “I'd like to go there. Whatever happens, happens.”
The White-Scott connection goes back to diaper days, and continuing it at the college level is an intriguing possibility.
“Bryson texts me a lot,” White says. “We're really close. We've been together since we were born.”
Togetherness ended late last month, when Scott headed to Purdue for summer school and workouts.
“He said he's in the gym every day working out,” White says. “I watched one of their workouts when I was there during team camp. It was pretty good.”
White was with his Carroll High School team during last month's team camp at Purdue. The Chargers went 3-1 with a loss to Avon.
As for his Purdue prospects, White is optimistic.
“It's a great school. I like the way they play defense. Matt Painter loves defense and hard workers. I think I can fit there well.”
For the record, Purdue has only one commitment in the next three classes -- guard Dakota Mathias in the Class of 2014. Painter has offered scholarships to Indiana Elite's Edwards and Coleman, so whether White gets one is uncertain.
Also for the record, Painter has thrived with Fort Wayne-area players. Huntington's Chris Kramer was a two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year for a pair of Sweet 16 Boiler teams a few years ago. Former South Side standout Rapheal Davis will be a Purdue sophomore this season.
White's only scholarship offer is from Boston College, a member of the ACC. He unofficially visited Boston last month.
“The campus is beautiful,” White says. “They make sure their kids are in class. If a player misses class and the coaches know it, there is punishment.”
The fact White has yet to crack the Class of 2015 national rankings hasn't hurt his confidence.
“I can play in the ACC, the Big Ten,” he says. “It doesn't matter. Just go out there and play.”
As far as what he's looking for in a school, White says it's that “the coaches and players make me feel comfortable. Academics are a big thing.”
There's one other thing.
“How much I'll get to play.”
White has visited Michigan, which has picked up its state-of-Indiana recruiting in recent years. Other schools recruiting him include Notre Dame, Ball State, IUPU-Indianapolis, Loyola of Chicago and Miami of Ohio.
“I don't know where my recruiting stands right now,” he says. “I've got a lot of schools coming after me. Whoever comes to me the most and I feel most comfortable with, that's where I'm going to go.”
Carroll has nearly everyone back from a team that lost to eventual sectional champ Northrop in the sectional. Optimism is high the Chargers can make a deep March run next year.
For now, though, White is focused on Indiana Elite. It won the adidas Invitational 16-U title, beating Ohio Basketball Club 97-76 in Sunday's championship game behind Edwards' 33 points. White had 14 points.
Next up is this week's Crossroads Challenge, centered at the Fishers Fieldhouse just north of Indianapolis.