Profile - Maliek White
Coach described White as a guard that competes on every possession. “He is great in transition, pushes the tempo, and makes great decisions.” Maliek also used the summer to become a better shooter and he has the potential to become an elite defender. Coach Herron feels that Maliek still needs to tighten up his handle and continue to get stronger. “He just turned 17. His potential is through the roof.”
Maliek currently has 30 offers and he has eight schools that he feels are recruiting him the hardest. “Maliek feels that Providence, Old Dominion, Georgia Tech, VCU, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and UMass are recruiting him the hardest.” Coach Herron added that those schools are in no particular order.
Old Dominion has already received an official visit from White and he plans to take official visit to Providence. White will be at Pittsburgh this weekend and at Georgia Tech on the weekend of October 16th. Georgia Tech is one of the latest schools to offer Maliek. The Tech coaches have made two trips to George Wythe to see Maliek. “He likes that he would have the opportunity to come in and compete for early playing time.” Coach Herron added that the Tech staff is willing to put the ball in Maliek’s hands as a freshman.
Tech Coach Tom Herrion is Maliek’s lead recruiter. “He’s done a great job with Maliek.” Maliek has also built a relationship with Coach Brian Gregory.
“Tech likes his toughness, athleticism, and playmaking ability.” Maliek should continue to grow bigger, stronger, and faster. “The game is going to become easier for him as he becomes more skilled and athletic.”
Coach Herron feels that his competitive edge is the one thing that separates Maliek from other guards. “He is very coachable and has improved his game as much as anyone in the country over the past two years.” When choosing a school Maliek will be looking for strong engineering or sports management programs. Maliek looks to be a four year college player. “He’s focused on getting his degree in order to support himself for life after basketball.”
Look for Maliek to make a decision in the early signing period.