Howard's strength is an underrated part of his game, but he outmuscled and outmaneuvered White numerous times.
But getting outplayed by perhaps the top player in the class isn't anything to sulk about. Instead, White was reminded of what he's been trying to work on of late.
"That's been the focus, to try and get stronger so I can bang with the big boys," he said. There are going to be much bigger guys than [Howard] in college. I'm just in the weight room working hard. The hard work I've put in to get bigger has been showing."
Taking a look at White's frame, it does show. He's listed at 230 pounds and is noticeably stronger than last spring.
When prompted for a list of schools, his teammates interrupt the interview.
"Indiana, Indiana, Indiana and Indiana … He's going to Indiana," they shout out.
White laughs, but then tries to put away the smile and address the question professionally.
"I've got it down to four: Mississippi State, Florida, Indiana and Carolina," he said.
But why do your teammates, and just about everyone else who follows your recruitment, think you're going to be a Hoosier?
"Because I've known [IU head] coach [Mike] Davis since I was young," he said.
Florida and Mississippi State recently traveled to meet with White, but there's been no real contact from the new North Carolina staff.
"I haven't heard from them since the coaching change," White said. "I've gotten letters, but haven't talked to any of them."
So, while officially there are four schools left in consideration, there seems to be little suspense if a decision is made any time soon. White fights back a smile while this reporter tried to find out why he hasn't committed yet and if any other school really has a legitimate shot.
"I'm just not sure where I'm going to go right now," he said with a smirk. "I'm not ready to [commit] right now. I might do it soon, before school starts, but I haven't thought too much about it."