SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After visiting Syracuse last Friday and Saturday, Nebraska grad transfer Andrew White III has a decision to make.
Syracuse, Kentucky, VCU, Miami and Louisville have all expressed interested in White, according to a Team Loaded assistant. His opportunity with the Orange may be his best bet in terms of both playing meaningful minutes, playing under the brightest lights, improving his NBA stock and playing for a contender.
Syracuse is good without White, but his addition would make them elite. A legitimate Final Four and National Championship type of team. http://www.scout.com/college/syracuse/story/1682884-transfer-andrew-white-iii-visiting-su
SU just signed Taurean Thompson, a class 2016 forward, to give them one of the deepest frontcourts in college basketball. It's now just missing a scorer and lethal outside shooter - which is exactly what White brings to the table.
The 6-foot-7 guard averaged 16.6 points per game last season at Nebraska, all while shooting over 41 percent from 3-point range. He would ultimately replace Malachi Richardson's role, who was taken 22nd overall by the Kings. But statistically, it would be an upgrade from Richardson, who averaged 13.4 points and shot just over 35 percent from three.
White uses his 6-foot-7 frame to create his own shot better than most in the country, while also having the ability to consistently hit the open shot as well as anyone in the ACC.
He declared for the 2016 NBA draft and worked out for five teams before ultimately withdrawing his name from contention.
White can score in bunches - much like Richardson - but he does so more efficiently. He shoots just under 80 percent from the free throw line, something that Syracuse will need down the stretch in high-level ACC games. His ability to play shooting guard or small forward means he will see plenty of minutes and gives the Orange a lot of rotational versatility.
It would be hard to see White choosing Louisville, especially with NCAA sanctions looming over its head. Truth be told, nobody knows when the NCAA will announce what could be another postseason ban for the Cardinals. If White wants to prove his game on the highest level of basketball - the ACC is the place to be, but more importantly, playing postseason basketball is where he can improve his stock.
Kentucky's John Calipari over-recruits what seems like every year. How loyal would he be to an outsider coming into his program, especially after promising his incoming freshman immediate minutes?
VCU is a realistic option for White - especially because it's close to home. However, playing in the A10 isn't the basketball the ACC provides. Syracuse is on national television weekly and has a flurry of NBA scouts at each game.
Miami is an intriguing option, but Syracuse's roster looks more poised to make a March run.
Since Jim Boeheim took over in 1976, Syracuse has produced 22 first-round draft picks. Seven, of which, came in the last seven years. The Hall of Famer has had twelve draft picks since 2010 overall.
As of right now, Syracuse has more players in the NBA than 344-of-351 Division I schools.
The Orange has never been to back-to-back Final Fours, but with the addition of Andrew White - that becomes a very real possibility.