White Holding Firm

Ladarius "Snoop" White isn't wavering from his commitment to Ole Miss. If anything, nearly three months later, he's as strong as ever. Read about it inside.

Ladarius White, better known as "Snoop" to his friends and family, committed to Ole Miss in late March.

He chose the Rebels over Mississippi State and Baylor, but the decision, at least to White, was a no-brainer. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound White has long been a fan of Ole Miss, so an offer was all he needed to seal the deal well before his senior season at McComb High School.

Nearly three months later, and following Ole Miss' second team camp of the summer, White is as secure in his decision as ever before. Other interested schools have kept in contact, but White simply spurns those advances.

Now he's playing the waiting game until he can make his decision official. The early signing period for the recruiting class of 2011 waits in November.

"I'm not really worrying with other schools," he said. "Ole Miss has always been home to me."

But even with his mind made up, White has work to do. The Tigers are making the rounds this summer, with hopes of improving on a 25-5 season in one of the highest classifications in Mississippi, 5A.

Ladarius White

"We can all score the ball, but we just need to maintain and stop other teams from scoring," he said. "Last year, we set a team goal to win a South State championship. Our next goal was to win state. This year, it's the same thing. We want to win a championship."

A versatile guard with a 6-foot-8 wingspan, White is rated a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com.

He averaged 23.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior, while making 66 percent of his field goal chances, including a sparkling 56 percent from beyond the arc.

"I've just got to keep playing ball and keep playing strong and aggressive," White said. "I've been trying to improve on my dribbling skills. My dribbling skills are strong now, but I want to get better at it."

White is already preparing for when he arrives in Oxford. He feels he fits perfectly into head coach Andy Kennedy's up-tempo offensive style.

"I can get in and fit in with everything," he said. "With my ball play, I can get in, go right with the flow, and try to win a championship."

His head coach, Hilton Harrell, who played professionally with the Houston Rockets and Venecia, said White brings a gifted skill-set to the floor.

"His abilities with his length and size can play both guard positions," Harrell said. "It's what makes him so special. He can make the outside shots, he can post you up and he can pass the ball as well as any person I've coached for or against. He's also an excellent man-on-man defender and very unselfish."


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