After flirting with the idea go turning pro the last few weeks, Nebraska senior wing Andrew White will return to Lincoln for his final season - withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft. The underclassman didn't sign with an agent and announced his decision on his Twitter page on Wednesday night.
“I felt good about the pre-draft process, White said. “It was encouraging, and I gained as much ground as anyone throughout the process. I wanted one more year to fine tune my game and put myself in better position for the NBA next summer. I want to thank the teams who invited me their in-house workouts, and Nebraska for supporting me during this process. It has been very helpful in gathering information in preparation for my future. Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress throughout the spring and being understanding and supportive, as I evaluated whether to turn pro or return for my senior year.”
The 6-foot-7, 216-pound guard, earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors in 2016, as he averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. White ranked among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (sixth), rebounding (15th) and 3-point percentage (fourth). White reached double figures in 28 contests, including a pair of 30-point efforts. He had a career-high 35 points, including six 3-pointers, against Penn State on Feb. 13. White also topped the Huskers with three double-doubles in his first season at Nebraska.
White worked out for multiple NBA clubs, including the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. While most mock drafts did not include his name, the junior was considered to be one of the best three-point shooters available.
Despite losing senior captain and leading scorer Shavon Shields to graduation, the return of White leads many Nebraska fans to believe better days are on the horizon with the growth of a young nucleus of talent. Nebraska finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-18 record, playing four true freshman over 10 minutes a game. In addition, former Scout.com Top 100 prospect and Louisville transfer Anton Gill will be eligible to play this season. Nebraska also signed three prospects in the 2016 class and all three could have an immediate impact: Isaiah Roby, Jeriah Horne and Jordy Tshimanga.
“We are excited to have Andrew remain with our program,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “This has been a valuable time for him, as he has tested his skills against some of the best competition and received very important insight from key NBA personnel. We look forward to continuing to help Andrew's development to improve his NBA profile even more than he already has done through this process. I believe next year could be our most complete team with a great opportunity for success in the Big Ten and NCAA tournament, I'm happy Andrew will be with us to go out and prove it.”
*** Parts of a Nebraska press release are in this report ***