Las Vegas: Coaches flock to see Aussie

LAS VEGAS -- Team LivOn has been a big attraction for college coaches at the adidas Uprising Summer Championship. Among the top targets on the team is talented Australian guard William McDowell-White.

Playing in a back gym in the middle of nowhere at Mojave High School college coaches began filing in. One by one they showed up. In all over 25 schools were represented and a number of them had head coaches present.

The coaches were there to see Team LivOn, which has a number of talented Australian and New Zealand prospects.

Among the prospects that coaches were there to see was 6-foot-4 guard William McDowell-White, who recently had a strong showing at the FIBA U19 World Championships.

On Thursday in the adidas Uprising Summer Championship, McDowell-White showed why he’s so highly touted. He has very good size for a lead guard, but also possesses good quickness and strength. His floor vision is impressive and he consistently found or made plays for his teammates in both the half court and in transition. He’s also a good ball handler with a good feel for the game.

“He has great court vision, good size and his IQ is off the charts,” one high major college coach that watched him this week told Scout.

McDowell-Whiteis tracking as a high major prospect and has said in the past that he has intentions to play Division-1 basketball. And the gifted guard will have plenty of options.

Among the head coaches that watched him and his teammates on Thursday included Rick Barnes, Dana Altman, Lon Kruger, Greg McDermott, Bruce Weber, John Beilein, Kevin Stallings, Craig Neal, Brian Wardle and Mike Dunlap.

Assistants from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, LSU, ASU, Boise State, Louisville, UIC, UCSB, Fresno State, Dayton, Hawaii, Albany, UNLV, St. Mary’s, Butler and Wake Forest were also at the game.


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