Mario Whitley is an elite student-athlete in the class of 2018 currently attending Frankenmuth High School in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Mario is one of the most underrated players in the state of Michigan but is on the verge of making a name for himself on the national stage. The 6’4 wing is a strong and explosive player currently traveling with The Family AAU team where his ability to step out and hit perimeter shots, use his powerful build to get to the rim and finish, and attack the glass are on full display for the multitude of D1 coaches in the stands. Not just a basketball player, Mario understands the importance of hard work in the classroom and how it opens doors for basketball at the collegiate level.


EM: Congrats on the great Spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for The Family as a team and for you individually?

MW:We are getting ready for Peach Jam in July, but first I have to be on top with my grades before I can even touch a basketball!  


EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?

MW: I can shoot the 3, finish above the rim, dribble, and attack the rim.

EM: How often do you work on your game?

MW: I work on my game everyday if I can and I work on everything. I emphasize work on my handles.


EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?

MW: My favorite subject is math!

EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?

MW: I wanna major in business.

EM: What are your interests off the court?

MW: I like to play video games.



EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?

MW: I have no D1 offers, as of now.

EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?

MW: MSU, Michigan, Kansas State, CMU, Oakland, Notre Dame, Stanford, Iowa, and Iowa State.

EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?

MW:Oakland, MSU, and CMU. My dream school is MSU!


EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?

MW: I’m looking to visit all the schools that I listed.

EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?

MW: I just want it to feel like home!


EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?

MW: On the court, I want to be the best player. Off the court, I want to continue to get good grades.

EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?

MW: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it! If you put you mind to it then you can do anything! Make sure you take school seriously because college interest doesn’t matter if you don’t have grades!

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