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Paul White, a versatile 6-foot-9 forward who earlier this month narrowed to five schools, has reopened his recruitment.
White’s list included included Arizona, UConn, DePaul, Minnesota and Georgetown.
"Paul and his family took the information, gave it some consideration and thought, and decided it was best for everyone involved if he did open things back up and revisit things," White’s coach, Tyrone Slaughter said. "I believe he owes it to himself to open it back up and listen to people who may be interested."
Mike Krzyzewski is working to secure a commitment from Myles Turner, a 6-foot-10 power forward who is considered a top-10 prospect in the 2014 class.
“I also like how Coach K talks to me,” Turner wrote in his blog. “He handles me like I'm a pro. He says things like: "Myles you're a pro and you need to carry yourself that way. You don't need to worry about all of this media, outside stuff you need to start training your mind now. Hopefully you'll only be in college for a year and head off to the NBA because I can see you there.’
“Coming from him that's big for me. It gives me even more confidence in myself.”
Turner recently cut his list of schools to eight: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State.
Mike Krzyzewski believes the culture Tom Thibodeau has created with the Chicago Bulls is the reason the team is able to persevere through so many injuries.
"I think Thibodeau is one of the great coaches in basketball," Krzyzewski said. "He's developed a culture of tough character.”
Instead of collapsing from the absence of Derrick Rose and other key role players, the Bulls continue to win.
"I know Carlos [Boozer] obviously really well, I've coached him, I coached Luol [Deng], those kids ... they just have great character,” Krzyzewski said. “And the Bulls are a blue-collar team in a blue-collar town, and I think it's one of the great stories right now in the NBA, what the Bulls are doing.
"I think they have a philosophy that they don't talk about being sick all year. They don't talk about being hurt all year, so when the moment of truth comes in the playoffs, they're already accustomed to a certain way of living."