As basketball season approaches, we at FTRS will be breaking down the team player by player. Today, we take a look at James White.
James White was the final addition to the recruiting class of 2015. He came to Tech after graduating from Arkansas - Little Rock with a degree in Health Promotion. He has one year of eligibility left that Mark Fox wanted to use with the UGA basketball program. Brian Gregory sold White on the unique fit he sees with White's basketball talent and the need Tech had to fill the roles vacated by Demarco Cox and Robert Sampson. White attended Jonesboro High School, where he earned all-state and all-region honors his senior year, leading the Cardinals to the final four of the class AAAA state tournament and a 25-4 record. He averaged 19 points and eight rebounds.
White started 42 games his final two years at Arkansas Little-Rock, but missed the last half of 2014-15 after he suffered a stress facture in his tibia. Last year in 14 games, he averaged 11.9 points, second on the team, and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game before his injury. He played and started 28 games in 2013-14, averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor.
He is expected to rotate with Charles Mitchell, Nick Jacobs and Ben Lammers at the No. 4 and 5 spots in 2015-16. At 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, he has the size and quickness to score inside and to defend the post. I expect he will have an opportunity to get 25+ minutes a game once the ACC season starts play in January. With the Mitchell's weight loss, and the addition of Jacobs and White, the Tech front court will be much more athletic. If White makes the necessary adjustments to CBG's offense, this could be a very much improved frontline. Defensively, Tech may not be quite as good as last year, but much more productive on the offensive end of the court.
My prediction is that White will average 10-11 points and 6-7 rebounds per game. And, I think his maturity will be a real asset in the final minutes of close games.