White Chooses Hoosiers

D.J. White and Mike Davis have been friends for years. On Monday, that friendship paid off for Davis as the highly coveted White committed to Indiana. Many analysts believe White could end up being the best player in the class of 2004 by the time next season is over.

When young freshman Mike Davis matched up against senior Dewayne White in an Alabama high school battle decades ago, neither anticipated building a friendship that would last through the present.

But the former basketball foes did stay friends as their families both attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church while living in Alabama. Their sons D.J. and Mike Jr. built their own friendship, battling on the basketball court as kids.

The White family became IU fans when Davis was hired as head coach three years ago. D.J. stayed in contact with Coach Davis and his son over the years. Meanwhile, White became one of the nation's top prospects.

He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior last season. TheInsiders.com's Dave Telep rated White as the 9th best prospect in the class of 2004. Yet, most analysts agree that White has the potential to be the best player in this highly talented class by the time he finishes his high school career.

On Monday, White announced his desire to be a Hoosier next season. He chose Indiana over Florida and North Carolina.

White wants to be a Jared Jeffries type of a player in Indiana's offense. He is comfortable with the ball in his hands as a facilitator of the offense, similar to Jeffries. He is not as skilled with his face to the basket as Jeffries, but is better in the post. Most players at the Nike Camp say White is nearly unstoppable within 10-12 feet of the basket.

With incoming scorers Robert Vaden and James Hardy joining White, his post presence will completely change Indiana's offense. His post ability will open up lanes for the slashing Vaden and give Hardy more open looks from deep.

IU still has two more scholarships to give out for the class of 2004. The talented Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo figures to be next on Davis' list of recruits.

Last year Davis received a great deal of criticism because he did not have a successful recruiting season. But Indiana was one of the final choices for all of the major recruits it pursued such as Ndubi Ebi, Trevor Ariza and Charlie Villanueva. Davis went after the best recruits and failed, but this recruiting season he continues to succeed.

The result will be IU's best recruiting class in a decade.

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