Kore White Commits To Marshall Hoops

Marshall basketball unwrapped a big present on December 25 when 6-foot-8 power forward Kore (sounds like Cory) White gave the Thundering Herd hoops program of first-year head coach Donnie Jones a player for the spring to go with point guard Damier Pitts, who signed with Marshall out of Hargrave Military back in November. White is averaging a double-double for the No. 1 5A Panthers of Dillard.

"He's 6-foot-8, 215 or 220-pounds, a nice big body," said Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dillard High School coach Darryl Burrows, who said Kore White plays in all three phases of the game, and well. "He does it all on offense and defense, scoring, rebounding and blocking shots. He is a two-year starter for me and is averaging a double-double per game, and about four blocks per game." Dillard is 11-0, winning in the first round of the Dillard Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26, and knocking off Ely in its last regular season game (Dec. 15) to improve to No. 1 in Florida 5A, and the 12th-best team in the Sunshine State regardless of class, according to Floridahoops.com.

That website rates White as a three-star player, one of the top players in the state in 5A and notes that White was named to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Fab Five" team. In the Panthers win over Ely on December 15, White scored 19 points, with nine coming in overtime, and had 15 rebounds. He added two blocks and his play inside led to three Ely big men fouling out trying to stop White. White also starred for the Florida Rams AAU team, and Dillard will start Holiday Tournament play on December 26 with a perfect 10-0 start to the 2007-08 season.

White said on December 26 he was undecided until he made a visit to Huntington. "I was going back and forth all month," said White, who was preparing for tournament games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. "When I met the players, now my teammates, in Huntington, I felt it was right at Marshall. Huntington's a little different from Boca Raton (where White grew up), but I had a friend who signed with out of there and got homesick in a month. Huntington's a great small town, where violence is rare. Coach Jones and his staff just moved there to Marshall, trying to make a difference. I hope I can make a difference for Marshall, too." White said he averaged double-doubles both this year, averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds per game, along with four blocks per game, and last year, when he scored 12 points and 11 rebounds per game.

The school won state titles in 2000-2001-2002-2003, but is more well known nationally for its outstanding academic program. Dillard High School is a magnet school for high technology and performing arts. The legendary jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly taught there in the early 1950s. DHS provides classes in the Dillard Center for the Arts (which) provides a high level of intensified training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as a rigorous academic schedule. Students must demonstrate ability and interest in one of the four artistic academic potential.

Also, the Dillard ECT Program was the first computer-themed program in the county, originating in 1988. It was nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal in 1995 and holds the District of Broward County's charter chapter of the American Technology Honor Society. Dillard's on-going partnership with Motorola Plantation has been recognized and honored by the State of Florida, as well as the international FIRST Robotics Competition. To build student's resume power, the close relationships with Motorola, Apple Inc., and other partners afford students many opportunities for internships and work-study programs.

Dillard High School will also be employing an experimental variation in the school's usual scheduling in the second semester of the 2007-2008 school year. According to Dillard High School's website, Dillard will be switching to an open campus in which students can leave the campus for lunch, between classes, etc.

Athletics has also prospered at the school, as former players Dillard include:
* Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver (1994- ) St. Louis Rams;
* Chris Gamble, Cornerback (2004- ) Carolina Panthers;
* Quinn Gray, Quarterback (2003- ) Jacksonville Jaguars;
* Keyon Dooling, Basketball Player (2000- ) L.A. Clippers,Miami Heat and Orlando Magic;
* Frank Sanders, Wide Receiver (1995-2003) Arizona Cardinals,Baltimore Ravens;
* Lorenzo White, Running Back (1988-1995) Houston Oilers.

Marshall will also have three players next season who are already practicing with the team in Florida transfer Brandon Powell, Purdue transfer Chris Lutz and Georgetown transfer Octavious Spann to add to Damier Pitts and White. The current Herd is 6-3 to start the season, and will return from Christmas break on December 26 to prepare for home games with Lipscomb on Dec. 29 (3 p.m.), San Diego on Dec. 31 (2 p.m.) and Winthrop on Jan. 5 (2 p.m.). The Herd opens Conference USA play on Jan. 9 at Rice, then returns home Jan. 12 to face the No. 2-ranked Memphis Tigers in Huntington.

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