Syracuse basketball added a significant player to their 2016-17 roster on Sunday in graduate transfer Andrew White. White is a 6-foot-7 guard/forward who spent last season at Nebraska after two at Kansas.
White averaged over 16 points and nearly six boards per game as a redshirt junior for the Cornhuskers. His combination of size, length and skill set makes him a perfect fit for the Orange.
Syracuse lost Malachi Richardson to the NBA, and was in need of a versatile wing scorer who can shoot from the outside. White fills that role and then some.
White shot over 41% from beyond the arc last season and over 48% from the floor overall. Not only can White score in bunches (he scored 25 points or more in five games last season), but he does so efficiently. That means even on a roster with a lot of offensive talent that includes Tyler Lydon, Tyus Battle, John Gillon and others, he could lead the team in scoring without having to take a significant amount of shots away from others. .
On any given night, White could go off and carry the team.
He also brings leadership, experience and veteran savvy. The bright lights will not scare White. He has played in a major conference his entire career. So huge crowds at the Carrier Dome, or playing on the road against the likes of North Carolina or Louisville, will be status quo. The moment will neither scare him or be too big for him.
Defensively, White is underrated. He has long arms that should be disruptive in the zone. Whether he plays up top as the shooting guard or along the back line as the small forward, White is quick enough to stay with guards, long enough to be disruptive and strong enough to battle with bigs. He is also a solid rebounder.
White brings even more versatility to a Syracuse roster that already its fair share. He can play multiple positions, as can guys like Battle, Lydon, Thompson and Moyer, among others. White can play shooting guard or small forward. Battle can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward. Lydon can play small forward, power forward or center. Thompson can play power forward or center. Moyer can play small forward or power forward.
That makes the Syracuse roster arguably the nation's most versatile and interchangeable.
Andrew White also gives Syracuse the option to play in multiple ways. They can play small, big, up-tempo and in the half-court. They will be able to outscore teams, stifle teams in defensive struggles, play physical on the boards and even blow teams out.
White's addition is huge. He gives Syracuse exactly what they need. An accomplished scorer with elite shooting ability that has length and versatility. He makes Syracuse as dangerous as any team in college basketball.
White gives Syracuse the option of having one of the longest lineups in the country. Should he join Battle in the backcourt, Syracuse can play Lydon at small forward, Roberson, Thompson or Moyer at power forward and Chukwu in the middle. That is a daunting task to face all of that size and length within the zone.
Do not underestimate what White means to Syracuse's prospects next season. He makes them a legitimate contender within the ACC and nationally.null