● Year: Sophomore
● Height: 6-foot-7
● Position: Forward
● This year's stat line: 0.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, .333 FG%
● The Blue Zone's projected stat line: 0.9 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.2 APG
White didn't see the floor much this year, but almost doubled his minutes from his freshman season.
The Australian forward played in just 10 games in 2016-17, but started to see the floor outside of garbage time towards the end of the season, even if just for short spurts.
The “Thunder from Down Under” had a career high 5 points and 7 rebounds in a win against Notre Dame that had the crowd cheering his name louder than the Cameron Crazies had been against Virginia. In this double-digit win, every time White touched the ball Crazies and teammates alike burst out in support.
White turned into an effective piece at the end of head coach Mike Krzyzewski's bench, able to bring athleticism and hustle into the game. He also proved himself on the glass as a strong rebounder.
Results relative to expectations:
Stuck behind one of the most talented teams in Duke history, expectations were low for White. But he certainly made the most of his limited playing time.
White will probably play sparingly again next season, but he can look to take a larger role as one of the few upperclassman on a team with another strong incoming freshman class. Youth and inexperience have been the pitfalls of the last two Duke season, so his leadership and energy, alongside fellow rising juniors Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier, could prove key for a team that will once again rely heavily on freshmen.
White's review wraps up our season reviews. The Blue Zone also reviewed Grayson Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Marques Bolden, Wendell Carter Jr., Javin DeLaurier, Alex O'Connell,Jordan Goldwire, Trevon Duval, Justin Robinson, Gary Trent Jr. and Antonio Vrankovic's campaigns.
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