Bloomington, Ind. - Mike White, a 6-6, 245-pound power forward, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Indiana University, head coach Kelvin Sampson announced on April 12.
The Springhill, La., native was a standout junior college player at Lee (Texas) College, and will look to carry that over to make an immediate impact with the Hoosiers in 2006-07.
Sampson feels his first recruit at Indiana is going to pay immediate dividends.
"Our immediate need is sure up areas of concern, and one of our biggest concerns is the front line," Sampson said. "Mike is a little undersized as a power forward, but he is a strong, physical, hard-nosed and aggressive player who is going to fit in real well at Indiana. Mike is a great kid that has a high character and will represent Indiana well on and off the court."
Over the past two seasons at Lee, White has proven his hard work and determination to play at the Division I level. During his junior college career, White lost 50 pounds and has now boasts a 5.6 body fat percentage.
White started all 61 games during his two-year career at Lee College. Last season, White was tabbed Region XIV co-MVP and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) third team All-American after averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest, while also shooting an impressive .590 from the floor.
As a freshman, White made an immediate impact, averaging 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest on his way to second-team all-conference and all region accolades.
According to Lee head coach Roy Champagne, White has just scratched the surface of his potential.
"Mike is someone who really understands the game and is very humble," Champagne said. "Mike will truly do whatever is asked of him to help his team win games. He is the type of guy who makes plays when those plays need to be made. I don't think Mike is finished expanding and exploring his total game. The best is yet to come."
White Signs IU Letter of Intent
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