Kore White, Dillard Having Big Year

Kore White, the 6-foot-9, 222-pound power forward, gave Marshall basketball and Head Coach Donnie Jones a Christmas present when he committed to the Thundering Herd program on Dec. 25, 2007. The two-star recruit, according to Scout.com, has led the Panthers to a 21-2 mark, 7-0 in Florida 5A - District 16 play. White is ranked by miamitropicslive.com as the 17th best player in the Sunshine State.

Through the most up to date stats (21 of 23 games), Kore White has averaged 8.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. His Dillard Panther team won the first 15 games of the season before falling to Norland High School of Miami, 66-55. The second loss just came this weekend at the hands of Boyd Anderson H.S. of Lauderdale Lakes in the 11th Annual BCCA Big 8 Boy's Championship game, 61-52. Anderson had lost to Dillard earlier in the season, but White played well in making the All-BCCA Tournament team. He scored 12 points in the loss, and had 16 points in the semi-final win over Miramar, a 56-33 rout.

Dillard fell to No. 2 in the Monday, Feb. 3 poll, in 5A Florida High School boy's basketball for the first time this season. The team is ranked as the No. 7 team in the Southeast region of the nation by Rise Magazine, a publication devoted to high school sports. The Panthers are coached by Darryl Burrows and won state titles in 2000-2001-2002-2003, but is more well known nationally for its outstanding academic program.

"He's 6-foot-8, 215 or 220-pounds, a nice big body," said Burrows back on Christmas evening when the news first broke about Donnie Jones of the Herd returning to Florida, where he coached 13 years with Billy Donovan of the Gators, to get a commitment from White. "He does it all on offense and defense, scoring, rebounding and blocking shots. He is a two-year starter for me." White was also recruited by UNLV, Florida Atlantic, Missouri and Minnesota (where former Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa is an assistant for new Gopher head coach Tubby Smith). White was second-team all-state last season. On the year, he has hit 77-of-132 shots (58 percent) and is 28-for-60 at the free-throw line (47 percent) in 21 games played.

White will join Hargrave Military point guard Damier Pitts at Marshall next season. The Herd also has three transfers sitting out who will all be eligible next season: Brandon Powell from Florida; Octavious Spann from Georgetown; and Chris Lutz from Purdue. Marshall is 11-9 on the year, and hopes to even its Conference USA record at 4-4 on Wednesday night with a win at Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, with tip off at 7 p.m. on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network (in Huntington on ESPN 930 AM and The Dawg, 93.7 FM, the Marshall flagship stations).

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