The Ole Miss basketball team is adding the nation's 67th-ranked recruit, as head coach Andy Kennedy announced Monday that Malcolm White has signed a national letter of intent. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward will be a freshman for the Rebels during the 2007-08 campaign.
White is rated a three-star player by Scout.com and a Top 100 (89) selection after the 2006 season. He was also tabbed as the 16th-best recruit in the Southeast by Youth Prep Stars.
"We are excited about Malcolm joining the Ole Miss basketball family," said Kennedy. "With his exceptional length and athleticism, he has the physical ability to make an immediate impact along our frontline."
A native of Greensburg, La., White was the District 8-2A Player of the Year and an All-State performer at St. Helena Central High School. He spent last season in prep school, averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for national runner-up Genesis One Christian Academy in Mendenhall, Miss.
The National Basketball Recruiting Director for Scout.com, Dave Telep, is a huge fan of White's.
"Malcolm White is a rocket booster athlete. He is very explosive and plays above the rim all the time," said Telep. "I believe he will get on the floor early for Ole Miss because of that fact – that he plays above the rim and is long. He has the wingspan of a 7-footer and knows how to use that length."
Telep believes the timing of White getting eligible for the 2007 season is perfect.
"The Rebels have Kenny Williams, Dwayne Curtis and Jermey Parnell coming back in the frontcourt, but they are all seniors. I think Malcolm can learn from them, get some playing time and be ready to take over when they are gone. It's the best of both worlds for him and for Ole Miss," Telep continued.
Telep feels White is essentially ready to go on the collegiate level, but that he will continue to blossom as he strengthens his hoops skills.
"Malcolm is an elite level athlete who will continue to blossom as he fine-tunes his skill package," Dave noted. "Physically and athletically, he's ready to go on day one, but when he really learns to use his body and ability to score and put the ball on the floor and dish, he will be special. He's a tough player too. He doesn't mind mixing it up because he knows he has superior athletic ability."
Malcolm is excited about coming to Ole Miss and getting started on his college career.
"When I committed, I knew it was the place for me. I've been working to get there ever since and now that dream is a reality," he said recently. "I think I can help the team quickly because the style Coach Kennedy wants to play is the style I like. I like to get up and down the court and go. I like to get the dirty rebounds and play tough, but with speed.
"Basketball is a speed game now. I am blessed with good speed for a big man, but I can also finish in the post and can jump. I think I will fit in there well."
White lists Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State and Southern California among other schools from which he received offers.
He is the Rebels' fourth signee of the late period and is among eight newcomers that will be on the court for the Rebels in the upcoming year. Other fresh faces include Zach Graham, Chris Warren, Kevin Cantinol, Trevor Gaskins, Wesley Jones, Terrence Watson and David Huertas, who sat out last season after transferring from Florida in July 2006.
In the past 16 months, Coach Kennedy and his staff have signed 12 new players, essentially revamping the whole Rebel roster to fit the direction AK wants the program to go. The emphasis has been on long, athletic, speedy players to fit Kennedy's up-tempo style and plan for the future.
Malcolm White is a Rebel!
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