White, Hillcrest Hold On For Win
DJ White and Hillcrest played their second competitive games in as many outings. Instead of Starkville and Travis Outlaw, Will Sheridan and defending Delaware state champion Sanford stood in the way of their first Slam Dunk win.
White scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds, 4 steals and blocked 5 shots. In the third quarter, a foul made him turn up the intensity. "Off the court, I'm just having fun," White said. "On the court it's all about business." The 6-9 forward plays with a quiet yet assuring energy to his game. He's not loud or vocal, but he's heard.
And he's focused.
"I want to get back my Top 5 ranking," said the prospect we ranked in the Top 10 at the end of the summer. "I'm just trying to get my status back." The reality is, White never really lost any status. He played through some injuries last year, but his game has improved. He's facing up and hitting shots, playing strong on the glass and against Sanford, he did a nice job of rejecting shots.
He was playing against Will Sheridan, a forward ticketed for Villanova. Sheridan got into a little bit of foul trouble, but he too played well with 14 points, including a big face up hit that got Sanford within 3 points late in the game before Hillcrest freshman guard William Barnes iced it away at the line.
Back to White. His recruitment seems to rest right now at six schools: Indiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State. The Hoosiers, Crimson Tide and Gators had assistants in the building on Sunday.
The common school of thought is that behind the scenes Alabama and Indiana will be tough to beat and we think there's plenty of credence to that theory. Alabama is 20 minutes from his home. Meanwhile, he's had a relationship with Mike Davis for a long time, grew up hanging out with his son and got to know the coach by going to the same church.
White said that he would like to make a decision right around the beginning of July. He could be one of those guys who pulls the trigger at a camp or tournament.
For now he's in Delaware and taking care of business.