Ben Standig

Georgetown Hoyas F Paul White transferring

The former 4-star recruit is leaving the program after an injury-plagued sophomore campaign.

Paul White, a prominent member of the Georgetown Hoyas 2014 recruiting class, is transferring from the program, the school announced Thursday.

The Chicago native played a prominent role during his freshman season, but only appeared in seven games during the 2015-16 season due to a hip injury that required season-ending surgery in January.

The 6-foot-8 forward appeared in all 33 games as a freshman, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. His ability as a ball handler and passer provided coach John Thompson III with lineup and scheme options, but those options were dashed last season. White averaged 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds last season.

The late timing is interesting as most transfers exit immediately after the season or earlier in the summer. White also participated in the Kenner League this summer along with many of his former teammates. 

Even if fully healthy, the former 4-star recruit may have had issues finding minutes in the frontcourt. The program returned forwards Isaac Copeland, Marcus Derrickson and Trey Mourning; centers Bradley Hayes and Jessie Govan and guard L.J. Peak while adding swingman transfer Rodney Pryor. Forward Akoy Agau will also play after missing last season with an injury.

White didn't always flash needed aggression on defense or on the boards. Those are two major areas of concern for Thompson following last season's 15-18 record.

Georgetown was one player over the scholarship limit before White's transfer.

It's unclear of White's future plans, according to a school spokesman.


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