White building on momentum

Within the Mid-Atlantic region, Maliek White is a name that continues to generate traction. A native of Richmond, Va., who competes for the strong River City Reign program, White has emerged as a high-major point guard prospect.

For a player who as yet doesn’t boast a national reputation, Maliek White already is a highly accomplished guy. He led Richmond (Va.) George Wythe to its first state championship in the school’s 55-year history, scoring 36 points in the final to pave the way for his squad’s triumph.

”My high school season went well, we won the state championship,” White said. “That kind of put me on the map.”

He then hit the road with the Reign-Team Iverson edition. White stands out immediately on the basis of his explosive quickness and speed. He’s a devastating transition player because he can get ahead of the field and score himself or make a slick pass to a teammate. He applies constant pressure due to his ability to go rim to rim at a breakneck pace.

White also has impressed RCR coach Chris Herron with his intangibles.

”Maliek is a very tough, gritty kid who doesn’t back down from any situation,” Herron said. “He’s shown the ability to run a team and really started to develop into a leader and a true point guard.”

If anything, it’s White’s primary talent that also can work against him. White careened out of control at times over the weekend, going too fast and forcing plays that weren’t there. He’s physically a point guard but continues to learn the contours of managing that position for the college level.

Still, most coaches would rather harness a talent than attempt to compensate for a player lacking it, and Herron noted that his assist-turnover ratio actually is quite high this travel season.

In addition to his speed game, White also is a pretty good jump shooter who has three-point range and is burying over 40 percent of his deep attempts for RCR. As he matures into a steadier style with additional speeds, he should ripen into a player who’s very effective operating off high ball screens.

His mission now is to bring his reputation into alignment with his ability.

”I’m trying to get some more high-major offers and just get my game better,” White said. “I’m working on my shooting and my defense.”

His recruitment includes a range of mid- and high-majors, including some offers.

”Hofstra, Cincinnati, Boston College, ECU, Kennesaw State, Towson, Sam Houston, Texas Arlington and more (have offered),” he said. “Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are some of the other ones that are interested.”

White added that he doesn’t have a timetable and that he’ll continue to tour with the Reign throughout the summer period.

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