Coach: White To Be A Hoosier

Bloomington, Ind. - According to his junior college coach, Lee College forward Mike White has has decided to sign with Indiana. HoosierNation.com talked with Lee College Coach Roy Champagne Monday, who revealed an encounter with a fan that helped convince White that IU was where he needed to be.

Kelvin Sampson has his first commitment as Indiana's basketball coach.

Lee (Texas) College Coach Roy Champagne told HoosierNation.com Monday afternoon that he spoke with forward Mike White Monday afternoon, and the 6-6, 245-pound forward has made his college decision.

"Mike will be signing with Indiana," Champagne said.

White made his official visit to IU over the weekend, and indications were that if the visit went well, he'd wind up in an IU uniform next fall. The Springhill, La., native had been interested in Oklahoma when Sampson was coaching the Sooners, and then had his interest in IU piqued after Sampson replaced Mike Davis as head coach.

Champagne said the weekend visit made quite an impression on White, who averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore at Lee College.

"He was impressed with Coach Sampson and his staff and in the players who were there," Champagne said.

It wasn't only the team and its coaches, though, that White took notice of. In addition, he had a chance to see just how big basketball is at IU and in the state.

"Being from Louisiana and playing basketball in Texas, this is football country," Champagne said. "He was amazed at how fanatical they are there about basketball.

"He told a story about how they were going through a toll booth and the women talked to them for five minutes about basketball. Everyone was so enthusiastic about not only him, but basketball in general."

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