Super Showcase: D.J. White dominates

ORLANDO - D.J. White went up against another top frontcourt player from the Class of 2004 and had no trouble at all.

The 6-8, 220-pound rising junior from Tuscaloosa Hillcrest (Ala.) played with Mobile Challenge at the AAU Super Showcase.

He was matched up against 6-9, 255-pound Kalen Grimes in a game against the St. Louis Eagles and White wasted no time in displaying his versatility.

White used his quickness to beat Grimes up and down the court, used it to beat Grimes to the basket and even overpowered the Hazelwood Central (Mo.) big man at times.

White was all over the court, both offensively and defensively. He had an array of dunks, hit a couple nice jumpers in the lane and also swatted four shots in the game. White finished with 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left in the game. Grimes was held to just nine points and six boards. However, the Eagles ended up coming back and winning the game, 62-60, which ended White's hopes of advancing to the playoffs.

"It was a tough call," said White, whose face looks just like NBA star Eddie Jones. "It was the ref's call and there's nothing I can do about it."

White admitted that Indiana may have the inside track at this time, which is due somewhat to the fact that he grew up with IU coach Mike Davis' son. However, he also lists North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky.

"I really like Coach Doherty and Coach Q (Quartelbaum)," White said. "Q came down to watch me work out and I really like him, so I'm giving them a shot."

"I'm going to wait to make a decision until the recruiting process heats up," he added. "Maybe around Nike Camp next year."

White, who had his knee scoped early in the summer, said his goal was to prove that last year was no fluke.

With Quartlebaum looking on, he did a good job of proving he was one of the top big men in the junior class.

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