William McDowell-White won't join Fresno State men's basketball this season

William McDowell-White signed a Letter of Intent to play for Fresno State this season, but will not join the team due to academic qualifications.

When William McDowell-White committed to Fresno State as a five-star point guard, he was one of the most prized recruits to ever choose the Bulldogs. However, he will not suit up for the 'Dogs, at least not this season.

An update by Fresno State said that William McDowell-White, "has not qualified academically and will not enroll at Fresno State." 

It was known that he would have hurdles to clear, which included academics, getting through the NCAA clearinghouse and the overall complications that come with international recruits. McDowell-White gained national attention for his play in his home country of Australia. The promising talent could not join the team before the season, but the possibility remained of joining the team in time for the spring semester. 


McDowell-White chose Fresno State over the likes of Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona State and Texas A&M. Part of his allure to Fresno State was that his brother, Darryl McDowell-White, would also join him. Darryl did clear the hurdles necessary to join the team. As a freshman he has appeared in four games. 

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William McDowell-White's presence as a 6-foot-5 point guard has been replaced by committee. Six-foot-six Jaron Hopkins is the team's primary point guard, averaging 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists to 2.9 turnovers, and 2.4 steals per game. Hopkins can also play off the ball. Deshon Taylor is logging 19 minutes per game off the bench, primarily as a point guard, and is averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 turnovers per game.

Though the Bulldogs will be without William McDowell-White, Karachi Edo returned to the team for his first game last night. The team is currently at full strength going forward. 

Fresno State holds an 8-4 record going into conference play, which opens at New Mexico on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. PT.

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