In-State Hoops Prospect Attracting Attention

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Hillcrest High School's 2002-2003 basketball season is done. That means the next time you can watch D.J. White in a basketball game will be at the Boo Williams Invitational next month. He is ready.

White, a 6-8, 225-pound junior forward, is one of the top prospects in the nation for the Class of 2004. His epic battle with David Padgett last December is one for the ages. It was a battle against a player White referred to as the best he faced all this year.

"We were going at it," he said. "We had to. He is a good player. I learned a couple things from him. That was my first time ever seeing him." With White's aspirations, it won't be the last time he rises up to a challenge like the one Padgett presented.

With a current school list of in-state schools including hometown Alabama plus Auburn, he is also interested in Indiana, North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi State, White certainly will get challenged at the college level. The only question is where?

"Right now I haven't too much thought about it," he said. White noted that he wouldn't mind taking some visits in the near future, but doesn't have any set up and will wait and see what the coaches say to him after their seasons.

White will play with the Alabama Lasers at the Boo Williams Invitational. "I can't wait," he said.


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