White It Is

Mike White will be the next head coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, and he will have a very small window to get his staff in place and start working on available recruits.

All signs point to Mike White, an assistant at Ole Miss, being named the next head coach of the Dunkin Dawgs. He is expected to be introduced in that capacity as early as Wednesday.

With his connections to Rod Barnes and Rob Evans, White has played for and coached with some of the best coaches in the southern part of the country.

Those connections eventually helped land him the job at Louisiana Tech and they will certainly help when it comes time to name a staff and to recruit players.

Isaac Brown, who coached with John Pelphrey at South Alabama and Arkansas, is in his first year at Arkansas State. Ross Hodge is the head coach at Midland College in Texas. Greg Heiar, former head coach at Chipola Junior College in Florida, is in his first year as an assistant at Southern Mississippi. Both Chipola and Midland are among the most successful junior college programs in the country.

The above coaches all have conections to White and could be coaches White would talk to when it comes time for him to put together a staff. Another potential staff member is former Duke star Chris Carrawell. White's father, Kevin White, is the athletic director at Duke.

Shawn Long from Morgan City and Leron Barnes from North Desoto are two of the top unsigned players in Louisiana. Taylor Smith from Riverview High School in Searcy, AR is an under the radar player in the region.Smith was injured in the Arkansas State Playoffs against rival Rivercrest. The 6'5" Smith averaged over 16 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds for Riverview. Riverview has a junior center to watch in 6'7" 225 pound D.J. Teague.

One of the top juniors in Louisiana is Michael Qualls from Huntington. The 6'4" Qualls was the only junior on the Louisiana Class 4A first or second team. T.J. Price, a 6'4" senior guard from Salmen, was named the Class 4A MVP. Price was recruited by Louisiana Tech to play football, but he decided to stick with basketball for the time being.

White is getting a great job at Louisiana Tech, there is talent in the area when it comes to players and assistant coaches. The ball is in his court.


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