Adidas Uprising: Romello White

SUWANEE, Ga. — When Team Loaded took the floor against Stackhouse Elite on day one, most observers expected to see the Dennis Smith & Edrice Adebayo show. But while those two All-American talents clearly had their moments, Romello White disrupted the show and more than held his own.

A 6-8 power forward who preps at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG, Romello White proved on Wednesday night that he can tangle with the nation's best. Matched head to head versus Adebayo, White battled with him for position seemingly every time down floor, matched him for strength, blocked a couple of his shots straight-up.

Though somewhat basic as an offensive player, White makes the most of his chances at the rim and is hungry for offensive rebounds and stickbacks. He has huge hands that he uses to corral balls in traffic and also the physical style to create contact and draw trips to the free throw line.

On the game, he scored 15 points on an impressive 7-8 shooting and also snared seven rebounds to lead his team. He also drew murmurs from the college coaches in the stands who were impressed by his competitive spirit.

His recruitment also is becoming quite spirited. White backed off an early pledge to Tennessee following Donnie Tyndall's departure and quickly has emerged as a priority for high-majors in the Southeast.

"Last night it was crazy, the phone was blowing up," White said. "Some of the ones on me hardest are Auburn, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee. My offers are Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Marquette, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati."

Mississippi boss Andy Kennedy was among those sitting courtside, as were Steve Wojciechowski, Brian Gregory and Bruce Pearl, in addition to many others.

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