Jamel White Headed to Big 12

It's natural that Jamel White will be compared to Quincy Douby, since both attended Grady High. Douby stayed close to home at Rutgers while White has opted to head to Big 12 country.

Nebraska has done a good job lately of getting guys under the radar and securing them early. Last year it was Joe McCray and Alex Maric. The latest is former Grady High (N.Y.) combo guard Jamel White, who will spend this season at Laurinburg Institute (N.C.) before heading to Lincoln.

The 6-2 ½, 175-pound White averaged 19 points last year at Grady, the same school that produced Rutgers shooter Quincy Douby.

``He's also a late-bloomer like Quincy," said former Grady coach Jack Ringel, who retired after last season. "He's gotten a lot better. His shot has gotten a lot more consistent and so has his knowledge of the game."

Schools such as Rutgers and Seton Hall had shown interest, as well as St. John's, but White was ready to make a decision after returning from Lincoln, Neb., this past weekend.

``I got a chance to play with their players and I really liked the people and the campus," White said. "It wasn't nearly as different from New York as I thought it would be. I'll be the only New York guy out there and that will give me a chance to start my own thing."

``The big thing was that they were on me for a while," he added. "Other schools have come in and then stopped for a while. Nebraska and Coach (Scott) Spinelli stayed with it and kept recruiting me hard. After the visit, and seeing the way they treated me, I decided that's where I want to be."

White, 18, plays with the Juice All-Stars and will attend the adidas Superstar Camp in a couple weeks.

``Jamel is still growing as a player," Juice head coach Tiny Morton said. "He competes all the time and is a poor man's Quincy Douby. He goes to the hole better, but doesn't shoot it quite as well."


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