Dillard Wins 5A With MU Recruit Kore White

Marshall basketball recruit Kore White, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was named to the 5A All-State Tournament Team after leading Dillard High School to the 5A State Title on Friday. Dillard, 29-2 on the year and ranked No. 25 in the nation last week by PrepNation.com, beat St. Petersburg Lakewood 61-55 in the finals, rallying from five down in the fourth quarter.

White had six points, nine rebounds, eight blocks and three steals as a starter in the title game, but came up best when his team was down 40-45 with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. During a 13-0 run by Dillard to gain the lead at 53-46 with 1:46 to play, Kore White scored four points, grabbed five of his rebounds, had all three steals and a block in the fourth quarter to give Dillard its first title since winning four in a row from 2000-2003. Coming off the bench in the 61-35 romp over Gainesville in the semi-finals, White had seven points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in that game.

"Kore is 6-foot-8, 215 or 220-pounds, a nice big body," said Dillard High School coach Darryl Burrows, when White committed to the Herd on Christmas Day. "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."

Marshall has already signed Damier Pitts, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Hargrave Military Academy (where he is coached by former MU point guard, A.W. Hamilton). Last week, combo guard recruit Shaquille Johnson, from Jacksonville, Fla., visited Marshall and watched the Herd win over UCF, 71-66.

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